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Final result from an M 31 project that just kind of happened.

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#1 Professor2112

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Posted 21 September 2021 - 08:42 PM

Hey everyone, hope all is well. 
 

This image is from a project that I started working on just because M 31 was high enough in the sky to image while I waited for M 33 to “rise to the occasion”.  After enough nights of imaging M 31 while I waited for my main target to rise, I managed almost 8hrs on the thing in LRGB, an hour of that being from a bortle 2 dark site (thanks Ron!).  The rest was from my parents home which is a bortle 4.  Well, since I was liking what I already had, I thought it would be cool to add some H-alpha the other night during the almost full moon from my bortle 8 home to make this an HaLRGB image.  I have to say, it definitely came out better than I thought it would.  Ironically, this marks the most integration time I have into a project so far at just over 11hrs.   I figured I’d share it with all of you even though everyone’s seen this target almost as much as Orion.  Acquisition details on astrobin. 
 

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Posted 21 September 2021 - 09:54 PM

This is a fine example of M31 indeed, awesome job!


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Posted 21 September 2021 - 10:18 PM

That is a real beauty, thanks for sharing.


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#4 Professor2112

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Posted 22 September 2021 - 09:53 AM

Thanks guys!  I’m going to give a couple different processing techniques a try in order to keep the LRGB color and only enhance the strong H-alpha regions.  The image has definitely taken on more of a red tone compared to without the Ha data. 




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