Friday, 2 September 2011

It’s BIG, it’s in the sky and it’s NOT orange!!!

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Bizibilder finally got out after dark last night, the first clear night in five weeks!!  (What a waste of an entire school summer holiday!).  Anyway the target was the Andromeda Galaxy (Messier 31 or M31 and its neighbours M110 – the larger fuzzy one top left of centre and M32 – the small circular fuzzy one just on the lower centre edge of M31).  M31 is BIG it is about 6 Moons long by 2 Moons wide – if that makes any sense!

I managed a total of three and a half hours of five minute “subs” before the clouds rolled in!  This prevented the next stage which is to take some shorter “subs” to cut and paste over the central core of M31 as in the image above it is saturated and you can see no detail.  This will now have to be a job for another night.

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