The Andromeda Galaxy

Andromeda Galaxy

Other names:M31, NGC 224
Distance:2.5 million light years
Date:10-Oct-2018, 12-Oct-2018
Telescope:TS Optics 65/420 Imaging Star
Field of view:2° 55' x 1° 47'
Cameras:Canon 600D, Canon T3i mono mod
Filters:Baader UV/IR-Cut
Mount:Skywatcher EQ6-R
Guiding:ZWO OAG, Lacerta MGen-II
Exposure time:4h 52min
L80 x 2min
OSC 66 x 2min
Sizes 1920 x 1080 | 5034 x 3087
This is the first image completely captured using my new mount, the Skywatcher EQ6-R. Right with the first image the new mount broke my FWHM record and produced a subframe with 2.9 arcsecs. That is a quality I have never seen when using my Celestron AVX. The image is my second attempt on the object. I tried one year earlier with a camera lens, the Sigma 50-500. I knew zoom lenses are not optimal for deep sky imaging but I did not expect it is that bad. So I did some internet research and finally purchased the TS Optics 65/420 Imaging Star, a quadruplet with an internal field flattener. The tiny scope looks like a toy on the big mount. I think the toy is doing a great job.