© paulsastrophotography 2018

Finding Andromeda

To find Andromeda, firstly locate the Great Square. Then work your way up to the star Mirach. Next to Mirach is Mu Andromedae and about the same distance further on past this star on the same line is Andromeda. About Andromeda is our nearest neighbour when it comes to Galaxies. At 2.5 million light years away, to the naked eye it looks like a grey smudge and can be viewed from your light polluted garden if you have a keen eye. Andromeda is one of the furthest objects that the naked eye can see. The Galaxy is heading in our direction and will collide with our own Milky Way….There is no need to worry though as with its current rate of 100 kilometres per second, it will take 2.5 billion years to reach us.

Andromeda

Project

Description: Spiral Galaxy Common Name: Andromeda Messier Catalogue: 31 NGC: 224 Constellation: Andromeda Size: 177.8 x 69.2 Arc Minutes Visual Magnitude: +3,36 Distance: 2.5 Million Light Years
(Image from SkySafari 5 Pro)
Circumpolar, Never Sets Best Viewed August - March

Specification

(1st Session)

Date Taken: 16/03/2018 Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Mount: SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Camera: Canon EOS 1000D ISO: 400 Exposure Light Frames: 23 x 82 seconds Dark Frames: 20 x 82 seconds Bias Frames: Flat Frames: Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: DeepSkyStacker

Specification

(2nd Session)

Date Taken: 15/07/2018 Dark Site?: Yes Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Mount: SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Guided?: Yes Guiding Software: PHD2 Filter: Semi APO Camera: Canon EOS 1000D ISO: 400 Light Frames: 40 x 200 Seconds Accumulated Light Frames: 63 Dark Frames: Master Dark Bias Frames: Master Bias Flat Frames: Master Flat Capture Program: BackYardEOS Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3

Specification

(3rd Session)

Date Taken: 23/07/2018 Dark Site?: Yes Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Mount: SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Guided?: Yes Guiding Software: PHD2 Filter: Semi APO Camera: Canon EOS 1000D ISO: 400 Light Frames: 15 x 160 Seconds Accumulated Light Frames: 78 Dark Frames: Master Dark Bias Frames: Master Bias Flat Frames: Master Flat Capture Program: BackYardEOS Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3

Specification

(4th Session)

Date Taken: 04/10/2018 Dark Site?: No Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Reducer/Flattener: x0.8 Mount: SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Guided?: Yes Guiding Software: PHD2 Filter: Camera: Canon EOS 1000D ISO: 400 Light Frames: 21 x 200 Seconds Accumulated Light Frames: 99 Dark Frames: Master Dark Bias Frames: Master Bias Flat Frames: Master Flat Capture Program: BackYardEOS Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3

Specification

(5th Session)

Date Taken: 17/10/2018 Dark Site?: Yes Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Reducer/Flattener: x0.8 Mount: SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Guided?: Yes Guiding Software: PHD2 Filter: Camera: Canon EOS 1000D ISO: 400 Light Frames: 14 x 180 Seconds Accumulated Light Frames: 113 Dark Frames: Master Dark Bias Frames: Master Bias Flat Frames: Master Flat Capture Program: BackYardEOS Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3

Specification

(6th Session)

Date Taken: 23/07/2018 Dark Site?: No Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Reducer/Flattener: x0.8 Mount: SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Guided?: Yes Guiding Software: PHD2 Filter: Camera: Canon EOS 1000D ISO: 200 Light Frames: 22 x 300 Seconds Accumulated Light Frames: 135 Dark Frames: Master Dark Bias Frames: Master Bias Flat Frames: Master Flat Capture Program: BackYardEOS Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3
Project This an ongoing project on the Andromeda Galaxy that I have tasked myself to complete. Over the coming year I am going to try to capture as many exposures as I can on the Andromeda Galaxy. I am going to aim for around 25 to 30 hours worth of exposures by the end as you need a lot of exposures to get the detail to show in this Galaxy. This will be an ongoing project and I will post the results after each session and over the year we will hopefully see more detail start to come out as I add the extra data to the data already taken. You will notice that the first 3 sessions at the bottom of the page are all in differing positions. The reason for this was my own stupidity for not framing the images properly.

Finding

Andromeda

To find Andromeda, firstly locate the Great Square. Then work your way up to the star Mirach. Next to Mirach is Mu Andromedae and about the same distance further on past this star on the same line is Andromeda. About Andromeda is our nearest neighbour when it comes to Galaxies. At 2.5 million light years away, to the naked eye it looks like a grey smudge and can be viewed from your light polluted garden if you have a keen eye. Andromeda is one of the furthest objects that the naked eye can see. The Galaxy is heading in our direction and will collide with our own Milky Way….There is no need to worry though as with its current rate of 100 kilometres per second, it will take 2.5 billion years to reach us.

Andromeda

Project

Description: Spiral Galaxy Common Name: Andromeda Messier Catalogue: 31 NGC: 224 Constellation: Andromeda Size: 177.8 x 69.2 Arc Minutes Visual Magnitude: +3,36 Distance: 2.5 Million Light Years
© paulsastrophotography 2018
Circumpolar, Never Sets Best Viewed August - March

Specification

(1st Session)

Date Taken: 16/03/2018 Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Mount: SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Camera: Canon EOS 1000D ISO: 400 Exposure Light Frames: 23 x 82 seconds Dark Frames: 20 x 82 seconds Bias Frames: Flat Frames: Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: DeepSkyStacker

Specification

(2nd Session)

Date Taken: 15/07/2018 Dark Site?: Yes Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Mount: SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Guided?: Yes Guiding Software: PHD2 Filter: Semi APO Camera: Canon EOS 1000D ISO: 400 Light Frames: 40 x 200 Seconds Accumulated Light Frames: 63 Dark Frames: Master Dark Bias Frames: Master Bias Flat Frames: Master Flat Capture Program: BackYardEOS Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3

Specification

(3rd Session)

Date Taken: 23/07/2018 Dark Site?: Yes Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Mount: SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Guided?: Yes Guiding Software: PHD2 Filter: Semi APO Camera: Canon EOS 1000D ISO: 400 Light Frames: 15 x 160 Seconds Accumulated Light Frames: 78 Dark Frames: Master Dark Bias Frames: Master Bias Flat Frames: Master Flat Capture Program: BackYardEOS Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3

Specification

(4th Session)

Date Taken: 04/10/2018 Dark Site?: No Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Reducer/Flattener: x0.8 Mount: SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Guided?: Yes Guiding Software: PHD2 Filter: Camera: Canon EOS 1000D ISO: 400 Light Frames: 21 x 200 Seconds Accumulated Light Frames: 99 Dark Frames: Master Dark Bias Frames: Master Bias Flat Frames: Master Flat Capture Program: BackYardEOS Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3

Specification

(5th Session)

Date Taken: 17/10/2018 Dark Site?: Yes Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Reducer/Flattener: x0.8 Mount: SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Guided?: Yes Guiding Software: PHD2 Filter: Camera: Canon EOS 1000D ISO: 400 Light Frames: 14 x 180 Seconds Accumulated Light Frames: 113 Dark Frames: Master Dark Bias Frames: Master Bias Flat Frames: Master Flat Capture Program: BackYardEOS Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3

Specification

(6th Session)

Date Taken: 23/07/2018 Dark Site?: No Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Reducer/Flattener: x0.8 Mount: SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Guided?: Yes Guiding Software: PHD2 Filter: Camera: Canon EOS 1000D ISO: 200 Light Frames: 22 x 300 Seconds Accumulated Light Frames: 135 Dark Frames: Master Dark Bias Frames: Master Bias Flat Frames: Master Flat Capture Program: BackYardEOS Stacking program: DeepSkyStacker Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3
Project This an ongoing project on the Andromeda Galaxy that I have tasked myself to complete. Over the coming year I am going to try to capture as many exposures as I can on the Andromeda Galaxy. I am going to aim for around 25 to 30 hours worth of exposures by the end as you need a lot of exposures to get the detail to show in this Galaxy. This will be an ongoing project and I will post the results after each session and over the year we will hopefully see more detail start to come out as I add the extra data to the data already taken. You will notice that the first 3 sessions at the bottom of the page are all in differing positions. The reason for this was my own stupidity for not framing the images properly.