M31 The Andromeda Galaxy (DSI version)
I haven’t had my scope out in what seems like a long time.Their have been a lot of clouds,wind and rain lately.I have also started a temporary job working for a shipping company that causes me to wakeup REALLY early.I am talking about having to wakeup up as early as 1:30am-2:30am,so any desire to bring the scope out has been squashed.Yes, it gets dark early but,I also need to get at least 5-6 hours of sleep to be functional the next day.This temp job only last for 90 days (Christmas rush) but,at the same time I am trying to turn this into a permanent job.
I had made plans on maybe bringing my scope out this weekend but,once again Mother nature has other ideas and has decided to throw wind,cold and a potential Nor’easter by Sunday evening.Ayuh,I hate snow! 😦 .
Since I haven’t had the scope out to see Comet17/P Holmes for almost 2 weeks or any other night sky wonders.I have decided to dip into my 2007 Summer/Fall image archives for some yet to be posted images.One of the images that I have been sitting on is a first ever Meade DSI shot of the Andromeda Galaxy that I took almost 2 months ago.If my memory is right,it is a stack of 25 images @ 20 seconds per exposure each.The skies were a lot warmer (perhaps 45 degrees) with calm winds and hazy skies.The image was processed with PS Elements and Registax4.Contrast was boosted and noise reduced.The star color(s) were enhanced and the image size was reduced,no cropping.One thing that I have noticed is that my DSI really gives close up shots of a object.The image below reflects what I mean!.