Imaging from Astrofarm in France

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Imaging from Astrofarm in France

Postby Gfamily2 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:52 pm

We're staying a couple of nights at Astrofarm, a B&B/Gite location dedicated for Astronomers.
Set up by a Brit who's been involved with amateur astronomy for many years, it's got really good dark skies.
Here's an image taken last night using a 200mm, f/2.8 lens - 4x 120second images at ISO 1600
M31 4 stack.jpg
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Scopes: Meade 8" SCT, Skywatcher 127mm Mak
For imaging: Pentax K5, Asda webcam, Star Adventurer (new toy)
For companionship: Mid Cheshire Astronomical Group.
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Re: Imaging from Astrofarm in France

Postby Aratus » Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:27 pm

That's very impressive. M31 is probably best imaged with a camera and zoom lens because it is such a big object in the sky. Some people have done multiple, overlapping images taken with an astronomical camera - to great effect - but it is a lot of hard work. M110 galaxy is looking good too, and there is that string of stars below M31, which always catches my eye. You've certainly set a high bar for the rest of us!
I use an 11" Celestron SCT (CPC 1100) on an equatorial wedge, with an 80mm refractor as a guidescope. They are housed in a 2.2m Pulsar observatory. I use a ZWO ASI1600MC for imaging.
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Re: Imaging from Astrofarm in France

Postby Gfamily2 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:54 pm

Aratus wrote:That's very impressive. M31 is probably best imaged with a camera and zoom lens because it is such a big object in the sky. Some people have done multiple, overlapping images taken with an astronomical camera - to great effect - but it is a lot of hard work. M110 galaxy is looking good too, and there is that string of stars below M31, which always catches my eye. You've certainly set a high bar for the rest of us!


Thanks for the comments.
I can certainly recommend Astrofarm as a location for seeing what's possible in a dark sky location, whether your interest is observing or imaging.
Scopes: Meade 8" SCT, Skywatcher 127mm Mak
For imaging: Pentax K5, Asda webcam, Star Adventurer (new toy)
For companionship: Mid Cheshire Astronomical Group.
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Posts: 253
Joined: Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:38 pm


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