M31 from BMV Observatories
Messier 31 (M31 NGC 224) also known as the Andromeda Galaxy, is a magnitude 4.4 spiral galaxy in the constellation of Andromeda. It is the nearest spiral galaxy to our own, at a distance of 2.54 million light years. It is a naked eye object at dark sites, and has a very large apparent size of 190 x 60 arc minutes, or 3 degrees by 1 degree. The faint areas stretch to 7 times the diameter of the full moon. This is a large, popular photographic target, and this is my third try. I tried to capture more faint detail and better color this time in this 12.7 hour image.

Date: August 2014
Location: New Ringgold PA
Optics: Takahashi FSQ106ED 530 mm focal length
Mount: Orion Atlas
Camera: SBIG STL 11000
Guiding: self guided
Exposure: LRGB - L:26x10 min, R:20x8 min, G:19x8 min, B:19x10 min for a total of 12.7 hrs
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using Maxim DL with subsequent processing with Photoshop.
Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New RInggold PA
M31 The Andromeda Galaxy
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