Andromeda Galaxy

Submitted by swingin

Two shots of Andromeda Galaxy using a Nikon D5200 and DSS. Darker pic was about 60- 30 second light frames, lighter image was about 30 light frames at 40 seconds each. My D5200 automatically takes dark frames on every picture I take, saves me some trouble! :) Shot from my backyard in Gig Harbor WA. Enjoy!Andromeda Galaxy  

Submitted by swingin on Thu, 09/05/2019 - 15:16

This is M-101 from my backyard Gig Harbor WA. About 30-30 second frames stacked using DSS. Pinwheel Galaxy


Submitted by swingin on Thu, 09/05/2019 - 15:21

This was a rushed 15 light frames, it just happened to be below Andromeda Galaxy one night I was out. I had to wait for the trees to move, lol. I can sure use much more practice, but it's coming along. Taken from Gig Harbor WA..Triangulum Galaxy


Submitted by swingin on Thu, 09/05/2019 - 15:37

I use Gimp to process all my images, they recently updated there software to except 16 bit images, plus more..


Submitted by jimwcoleman on Fri, 09/06/2019 - 06:27

These are all very nice. Is this using the Orion astrograph? You've got some good definition in Andromeda. I am getting better at PixInsite but I still need to take a look at Gimp. Thanks for showing us your images!


Submitted by swingin on Fri, 09/06/2019 - 09:25

Yes Jim, this is your "EX" Orion 8" astrograph telescope. I must admit, I was unsure of what I could do with this scope being I just got rid of an 11" SCT. I'm very impressed  with it I must say. I'm getting my best pictures from this scope. I forgot to mention I also use BackYard Nikon for my image sessions, it's a must have for anybody using a DSLR camera, I love it! 

I wish I could upload the full size images but there something like 12,080 by 8000+ something. I find it's best to scale the images before working on them in Gimp so it's not working so hard.

Hoping for clear sky's tonight!! Thanks Jim..