Andromeda, The Ring and the Dumbbell


Mark Stronge
  Comber, County Down, Northern Ireland
Photo Title
  Andromeda, The Ring and the Dumbbell
Time and Date taken
  15th October 2003 2030-2230UT
Equipment used
  Meade LX200 10inch SCT, super-wedge, vibration isolation pads
Capturing device used
  Starlight Xpress MX7C
Technical details
  2x 60second exposures at f/10, stacked in Registax with stretching and contrast adjustment in Paint Shop Pro

M31 The Andromeda GalaxyM57 The Ring Nebula M27 The Dumbbell Nebula

This is our first attempt using the Starlight Xpress MX7C CCD camera. The LX200 was polar aligned with refined alignment so the tracking was pretty good. The wind at the time was quite slight and co-operated for the length of the exposures (there were a few gusts at other times).


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