Monday, December 29, 2014

M31 again

The weather has been pretty much solid cloud since my last post in November. On 12/26, it cleared, I set up the scope under gloriously clear skies and managed to make a couple of captures of M31 before the clouds rolled in out of nowhere. The image is a stack of 10, 12-second integrations captured with a Mallincam Jr Pro and Miloslick capture software. The scope was the Orion ED 80 apochromat.

Processing with Photoshop did not bring out the structure of the "halo" beyond the nucleus, indicating that I probably need to take longer exposures.