The Andromeda Galaxy Messier 31
Widefield image of the Andromeda Galaxy

The great Andromeda is a favourite target around this time of year, well above the tree line in the North West after sunset. It’s also dark enough here that you can see it with the naked eye during moonless nights like last night.

It’s size makes it a perfect candidate to shoot with the RedCat 51… essentially a very nice 250mm camera lens that functions like a telescope. With nearly 3 hours of data, the outer bands are visible, and the starfield is colourful!

Star map from Astrobin
  • Imaging telescopes or lenses: William Optics RedCat 51
  • Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 294MC PRO
  • Mounts: Celestron AVX 

  • Dates:Aug. 15, 2020
  • Frames: 56×180″
  • Integration: 2.8 hours
  • Avg. Moon age: 25.72 days
  • Avg. Moon phase: 15.54%

See full capture details on Astrobin.

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