Project Description

Fall is the best time to observe and photograph M31 the great Andromeda galaxy. This is one of the brightest deep sky objects enjoyed by amateur astronomers and can easily be photographed with minimal kit and expense,  In fact all you need is a DSLR and a 200-300mm lens.

This shot I took of the Andromeda Galaxy under heavily light polluted skies was a sequence of 10 x 1 min exposures unguided with a Nikon D7000 camera and a nikon 80-200 F2.8 ED IF lens but tracked using an HEQ5 mount from my back garden in Great Yarmouth Norfolk. The shots were then put into Deep Sky Stacker software to create a tiff file which I then edited in Photoshop.