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Four months ago I started doing astrophotography. Here's the progress I've made so far on the Andromeda Galaxy.

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COMMENTS

  • youhavebeautifuleyes
    1 points Dec 08,2019, 4:23pm

    Oh fuck it's getting closer faster than we thought

  • Astrodymium
    29 points Dec 08,2019, 3:14pm

    If you want to learn how to get started in astrophotography, check out the two stickied posts on /r/AskAstrophotography


    Andromeda is one of the most popular targets for beginner astrophotographers, because of its brightness and large size. In fact, the small telescope that I use actually gives me too much magnification, to the point where I can't get the corners of the galaxy into the frame.

    The first two pictures that I took back in August weren't even done with a telescope, just a DSLR and a telephoto lens. The latest photo on the bottom was edited about a month ago, and it was my first multi-night project. It was shot using a dedicated astronomy camera, and a mount that tracks the night sky.

    All the gear I used is in the equipment list below.

    I found it quite difficult to get the colour I wanted on the outer regions and the core - it took me 3 revisions to get it right. Any comments and critique are welcome, thanks!


    Software/Equipment:

    • Hardware: https://i.imgur.com/hAHPxZT.png
    • Astro Photography Tool (Image acquisition)
    • N.I.N.A / Stellarium / SGP (Framing)
    • SharpCap Pro (Polar alignment)
    • PixInsight (Integration and processing)
    • PHD2 (Autoguiding)

    Exposures:

    • 20 flats, 25 darks, 50 bias frames.
    • 61x100s Luminance
    • 32x100s Red
    • 39x100s Green
    • 32x100s Blue

    273 minutes (4.5 hours) of data in total

  • SadaharuShogun
    11 points Dec 08,2019, 3:39pm

    This is coming from someone completely oblivious with this sort of thing so before I ask I'm sorry for my ignorace!

    With the colour, do you add it in yourself or are these the colours from the raw image? I only ask because I'm sure I once read something about pictures of massive structures in space needing to have colour added.

    Amazing pictures by the way too!

  • Capt_Bigglesworth
    1 points Dec 08,2019, 4:00pm

    What telescope did you use on the final image?

  • Cream_Cheeze_Monkey
    1 points Dec 08,2019, 4:05pm

    I love that there are so many photographers in this subreddit. Keep it up dude, I love seeing this stuff

  • sup1980
    1 points Dec 08,2019, 7:19pm

    Photos are getting awesome...keep posting what you get pics of

  • SomeKindaMech
    1 points Dec 08,2019, 6:50pm

    Great progress! At this rate, 4 months from now you're going to be posting a selfie with some Andromeda alien on his home planet.

  • XxExelsior
    1 points Dec 08,2019, 7:40pm

    Lol I love that that the first two are one day apart and then you waited three months. Great pictures!

  • verbose-and-gay
    1 points Dec 08,2019, 6:34pm

    I've come from the Skylink Future, and this is the last-ever captured exposure of the Andromeda Galaxy that doesn't have unsightly lines through it! We desperately need the highest resolution photo of this you have; the constellation somehow accelerated the collision course of the Milkyway and Andromeda Galaxies, and we need YOUR image to survive.

  • Ana-Bae-is-my-waifu
    1 points Dec 08,2019, 6:36pm

    I genuinely thought you just reposted that last image since it’s so good

COMMENTS

  • youhavebeautifuleyes
    1 points Dec 08,2019, 4:23pm

    Oh fuck it's getting closer faster than we thought

  • Astrodymium
    29 points Dec 08,2019, 3:14pm

    If you want to learn how to get started in astrophotography, check out the two stickied posts on /r/AskAstrophotography


    Andromeda is one of the most popular targets for beginner astrophotographers, because of its brightness and large size. In fact, the small telescope that I use actually gives me too much magnification, to the point where I can't get the corners of the galaxy into the frame.

    The first two pictures that I took back in August weren't even done with a telescope, just a DSLR and a telephoto lens. The latest photo on the bottom was edited about a month ago, and it was my first multi-night project. It was shot using a dedicated astronomy camera, and a mount that tracks the night sky.

    All the gear I used is in the equipment list below.

    I found it quite difficult to get the colour I wanted on the outer regions and the core - it took me 3 revisions to get it right. Any comments and critique are welcome, thanks!


    Software/Equipment:

    • Hardware: https://i.imgur.com/hAHPxZT.png
    • Astro Photography Tool (Image acquisition)
    • N.I.N.A / Stellarium / SGP (Framing)
    • SharpCap Pro (Polar alignment)
    • PixInsight (Integration and processing)
    • PHD2 (Autoguiding)

    Exposures:

    • 20 flats, 25 darks, 50 bias frames.
    • 61x100s Luminance
    • 32x100s Red
    • 39x100s Green
    • 32x100s Blue

    273 minutes (4.5 hours) of data in total

  • SadaharuShogun
    11 points Dec 08,2019, 3:39pm

    This is coming from someone completely oblivious with this sort of thing so before I ask I'm sorry for my ignorace!

    With the colour, do you add it in yourself or are these the colours from the raw image? I only ask because I'm sure I once read something about pictures of massive structures in space needing to have colour added.

    Amazing pictures by the way too!

  • 7_7_7_6_7_6_6__7_7_7
    5 points Dec 08,2019, 3:40pm

    I love these kinds of posts but if I am correct, the greatest improvements usually come from getting better gear.

    Personally I'd love to see the progress in one's post processing alone by looking at photos taken with the same equipment.

  • Capt_Bigglesworth
    1 points Dec 08,2019, 4:00pm

    What telescope did you use on the final image?

  • Cream_Cheeze_Monkey
    1 points Dec 08,2019, 4:05pm

    I love that there are so many photographers in this subreddit. Keep it up dude, I love seeing this stuff

  • sup1980
    1 points Dec 08,2019, 7:19pm

    Photos are getting awesome...keep posting what you get pics of

  • SomeKindaMech
    1 points Dec 08,2019, 6:50pm

    Great progress! At this rate, 4 months from now you're going to be posting a selfie with some Andromeda alien on his home planet.

  • XxExelsior
    1 points Dec 08,2019, 7:40pm

    Lol I love that that the first two are one day apart and then you waited three months. Great pictures!

  • verbose-and-gay
    1 points Dec 08,2019, 6:34pm

    I've come from the Skylink Future, and this is the last-ever captured exposure of the Andromeda Galaxy that doesn't have unsightly lines through it! We desperately need the highest resolution photo of this you have; the constellation somehow accelerated the collision course of the Milkyway and Andromeda Galaxies, and we need YOUR image to survive.

  • Ana-Bae-is-my-waifu
    1 points Dec 08,2019, 6:36pm

    I genuinely thought you just reposted that last image since it’s so good

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NASA's Launch Pad 39B

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COMMENTS

  • BlazingAngel665
    3 points Dec 01,2019, 1:28am

    I've had the privilege of working on it's twin, pad 39A, and let me tell you, from 200ft up in the air, everything feels small, but the thing this image doesn't convey well, it that even from inside the fence, along the (I believe, it's either this or LOX, depending on which side of the pad they're on) LH2 supply lines, you're still 1/4 mile from the base of the concrete.

    Oh yeah, and people went to the moon from here.

COMMENTS

  • BlazingAngel665
    3 points Dec 01,2019, 1:28am

    I've had the privilege of working on it's twin, pad 39A, and let me tell you, from 200ft up in the air, everything feels small, but the thing this image doesn't convey well, it that even from inside the fence, along the (I believe, it's either this or LOX, depending on which side of the pad they're on) LH2 supply lines, you're still 1/4 mile from the base of the concrete.

    Oh yeah, and people went to the moon from here.

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A beautiful winter night in the Adirondacks with Nebulae, Airglow and Zodiacal Light

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COMMENTS

  • aryeh95
    2 points Dec 01,2019, 2:55pm

    This is a panorama I captured from Mount Jo in the Adirondack mountains near Lake Placid, NY.

    To create this image, I used a full spectrum modified camera that allows me to capture the red Hydrogen Alpha nebulae in the Milky Way and I captured a 34 image panorama which I then stitched into this image.

    Technical setup: Sony A7s (Modified), Sigma 35mm 1.4, 8", ISO 12,800.34 image pano stitched in AutoPano Giga

  • Idontlikecock
    1 points Dec 01,2019, 3:31pm

    Holy smokes this is gorgeous

  • Canna_ben_oid541
    1 points Dec 01,2019, 4:05pm

    Amazing, so many cosmic sights I wish to see, in one photo! Gorgeous!

COMMENTS

  • aryeh95
    2 points Dec 01,2019, 2:55pm

    This is a panorama I captured from Mount Jo in the Adirondack mountains near Lake Placid, NY.

    To create this image, I used a full spectrum modified camera that allows me to capture the red Hydrogen Alpha nebulae in the Milky Way and I captured a 34 image panorama which I then stitched into this image.

    Technical setup: Sony A7s (Modified), Sigma 35mm 1.4, 8", ISO 12,800.34 image pano stitched in AutoPano Giga

  • Idontlikecock
    1 points Dec 01,2019, 3:31pm

    Holy smokes this is gorgeous

  • Canna_ben_oid541
    1 points Dec 01,2019, 4:05pm

    Amazing, so many cosmic sights I wish to see, in one photo! Gorgeous!

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If you ever choose to print off astro images consider printing on metal or other reflective material. Last week was the first time I ever did it for a friend and very nearly didn't want to give it to them

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COMMENTS

  • ahfuq
    10 points Nov 24,2019, 5:35am

    What kind of printer do you need to print in metal? I want it and I want to put band logos on the printer.

  • Panino87
    4 points Nov 24,2019, 7:52am

    this is sick, I want something like this hanging on the wall of my bedroom, but like 200x100cm

  • Cy-ke
    3 points Nov 24,2019, 9:11am

    I kinda thought this was a frameless 4k monitor at first

  • BeguiledAardvark
    1 points Nov 24,2019, 7:59am

    That’s beautiful! Where did you get the image? And how did you go about printing this?

    Can you provide a tutorial maybe? This is really cool!

  • Christanium
    0 points Nov 24,2019, 5:32am

    Whoa, that's beautiful. Where did you get a photo of that quality?

COMMENTS

  • ahfuq
    10 points Nov 24,2019, 5:35am

    What kind of printer do you need to print in metal? I want it and I want to put band logos on the printer.

  • Panino87
    4 points Nov 24,2019, 7:52am

    this is sick, I want something like this hanging on the wall of my bedroom, but like 200x100cm

  • Cy-ke
    3 points Nov 24,2019, 9:11am

    I kinda thought this was a frameless 4k monitor at first

  • MrBossManBing
    2 points Nov 24,2019, 7:19am

    I did a moon mosaic on metal and it came out phenomenal. Sold 2 for 90 a piece.

  • BeguiledAardvark
    1 points Nov 24,2019, 7:59am

    That’s beautiful! Where did you get the image? And how did you go about printing this?

    Can you provide a tutorial maybe? This is really cool!

  • Christanium
    0 points Nov 24,2019, 5:32am

    Whoa, that's beautiful. Where did you get a photo of that quality?

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Got to spend a few hours last night looking through the telescope at the James Lick observatory in San Jose, CA

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COMMENTS

  • boiimakillu
    1 points Nov 24,2019, 5:54pm

    How do u even get the opportunity to look through these?

  • Abracadaver2000
    1 points Nov 24,2019, 6:50pm

    Love that place. I can actually see it from where I live. Dying to get a peek through it though. You're super lucky to have had that opportunity.

  • Au91700
    1 points Nov 24,2019, 6:06pm

    Yeah, like they asked, how could I myself go and look through an observatory telescope?

  • notmonkeyfarm
    1 points Nov 24,2019, 6:17pm

    It's a fun drive up there. We used to hot it for lunch break every so often. 1.5ish hrs each way...

COMMENTS

  • boiimakillu
    1 points Nov 24,2019, 5:54pm

    How do u even get the opportunity to look through these?

  • Abracadaver2000
    1 points Nov 24,2019, 6:50pm

    Love that place. I can actually see it from where I live. Dying to get a peek through it though. You're super lucky to have had that opportunity.

  • Au91700
    1 points Nov 24,2019, 6:06pm

    Yeah, like they asked, how could I myself go and look through an observatory telescope?

  • TrueAndy
    1 points Nov 24,2019, 6:09pm

    I want to look through one of these somday too! Lucky you!

  • notmonkeyfarm
    1 points Nov 24,2019, 6:17pm

    It's a fun drive up there. We used to hot it for lunch break every so often. 1.5ish hrs each way...

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Even though the Milky Way core isn't visible for the next few months, the Milky Way is still visible, and it's still just as beautiful

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COMMENTS

  • aryeh95
    1 points Nov 23,2019, 7:00pm

    The is a 180° north-facing panorama that I created by stitching 30 images together. While the galactic core isn't visible this time of year, there are many red emission nebulae are only visible this time of year, such as the Orion nebula, which can be seen in the lower right.
    I captured this from the town of Blanca, Colorado, a few weeks ago on the last night of an Arctic cold front that caused the temperatures to drop to -5°F in October, and that was without the wind chill. In the Center of the picture is Blanca Peak (14,344ft).

    Technical set up for anyone interested:
    Sony a7s (full spectrum modified), Sigma 35mm f/1.4, 8s, ISO 6400.
    30 images with the settings above were stitched using AutoPano Giga, and then processed in Adobe Photoshop.

  • Idontlikecock
    1 points Nov 23,2019, 7:03pm

    I feel like their is a healthy section of people who don't know the Milky Way is visible, or only think it is visible near the spring and summer. The winter Milky Way has some of the most amazing nebulae in the night sky- this image is nearly a sea of red because of it!

    Awesome shot Aryeh, love that winter won't stop you from killer Milky Way images! :)

  • ajamesmccarthy
    1 points Nov 23,2019, 7:07pm

    Gorgeous... Those red areas of hydrogen really pop. Shots like this inspire me to do more widefield work. Fantastic work.

COMMENTS

  • aryeh95
    1 points Nov 23,2019, 7:00pm

    The is a 180° north-facing panorama that I created by stitching 30 images together. While the galactic core isn't visible this time of year, there are many red emission nebulae are only visible this time of year, such as the Orion nebula, which can be seen in the lower right.
    I captured this from the town of Blanca, Colorado, a few weeks ago on the last night of an Arctic cold front that caused the temperatures to drop to -5°F in October, and that was without the wind chill. In the Center of the picture is Blanca Peak (14,344ft).

    Technical set up for anyone interested:
    Sony a7s (full spectrum modified), Sigma 35mm f/1.4, 8s, ISO 6400.
    30 images with the settings above were stitched using AutoPano Giga, and then processed in Adobe Photoshop.

  • Idontlikecock
    1 points Nov 23,2019, 7:03pm

    I feel like their is a healthy section of people who don't know the Milky Way is visible, or only think it is visible near the spring and summer. The winter Milky Way has some of the most amazing nebulae in the night sky- this image is nearly a sea of red because of it!

    Awesome shot Aryeh, love that winter won't stop you from killer Milky Way images! :)

  • ajamesmccarthy
    1 points Nov 23,2019, 7:07pm

    Gorgeous... Those red areas of hydrogen really pop. Shots like this inspire me to do more widefield work. Fantastic work.

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Apollo Mission Flight Plan - 1967

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COMMENTS

  • whatisnuclear
    7 points Nov 17,2019, 11:11am

    Found this on NASA's website today while browsing around. I got the high-res version and went through it item by item. I've never had such a truly exciting experience just scrolling around on an image.

    Source: NASA

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    6 points Nov 17,2019, 12:11pm

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    0 points Nov 17,2019, 12:26pm

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  • whatisnuclear
    7 points Nov 17,2019, 11:11am

    Found this on NASA's website today while browsing around. I got the high-res version and went through it item by item. I've never had such a truly exciting experience just scrolling around on an image.

    Source: NASA

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    6 points Nov 17,2019, 12:11pm

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    0 points Nov 17,2019, 12:26pm

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Touchable moon rock in Vancouvers space museum.

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COMMENTS

  • DuckTalesOooOoo
    1 points Nov 17,2019, 6:32pm

    You mean the Planetarium where they used to have Pink Floyd light shows in the summer?

  • mewingmaggie
    1 points Nov 17,2019, 6:51pm

    I have always wondered how they can date something that old

  • EpIcKaSsAsSiN
    1 points Nov 17,2019, 7:17pm

    “One of only 5 touchable”? Does that mean there are other parts of the moon we can’t physically touch?

COMMENTS

  • DuckTalesOooOoo
    1 points Nov 17,2019, 6:32pm

    You mean the Planetarium where they used to have Pink Floyd light shows in the summer?

  • mewingmaggie
    1 points Nov 17,2019, 6:51pm

    I have always wondered how they can date something that old

  • EpIcKaSsAsSiN
    1 points Nov 17,2019, 7:17pm

    “One of only 5 touchable”? Does that mean there are other parts of the moon we can’t physically touch?

  • MrFahrenheit_451
    1 points Nov 17,2019, 7:05pm

    Don't they really mean 'touch the skin oil and bacteria from other people who have touched the moon'?

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Apollo 12 docking in lunar orbit

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COMMENTS

  • Coolioissomething
    50 points Nov 17,2019, 7:14am

    Amazing that even though an IPhone has millions more computing power than Apollo Mission era computers, NASA engineers in the 1960s successfully sent men to the moon.

  • noblecloud
    14 points Nov 17,2019, 9:20am

    I’m a firm believer that we went to the moon, but with the way that thing jiggled, it really looks like it’s hanging on strings.

  • brooks_buddy
    3 points Nov 17,2019, 9:00am

    Is this actual footage?

  • n0eticsyntax
    1 points Nov 17,2019, 6:00pm

    How was the footage taken so long ago? I doubt we had some sort of remote drone at that time, unless it was tethered to the lander via a cable of some sort.

  • ogy1
    -6 points Nov 17,2019, 11:12am

    Tbh I don't know whether it's real or not but it sure looks fake as shit

COMMENTS

  • Coolioissomething
    50 points Nov 17,2019, 7:14am

    Amazing that even though an IPhone has millions more computing power than Apollo Mission era computers, NASA engineers in the 1960s successfully sent men to the moon.

  • noblecloud
    14 points Nov 17,2019, 9:20am

    I’m a firm believer that we went to the moon, but with the way that thing jiggled, it really looks like it’s hanging on strings.

  • brooks_buddy
    3 points Nov 17,2019, 9:00am

    Is this actual footage?

  • brienburroughs
    2 points Nov 17,2019, 8:48am

    then they crash the lander if i remember correctly.

  • n0eticsyntax
    1 points Nov 17,2019, 6:00pm

    How was the footage taken so long ago? I doubt we had some sort of remote drone at that time, unless it was tethered to the lander via a cable of some sort.

  • ogy1
    -6 points Nov 17,2019, 11:12am

    Tbh I don't know whether it's real or not but it sure looks fake as shit

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I took this with my phone in the middle of nowhere New Mexico. Insane how good our smartphones are now.

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COMMENTS

  • FaustoLG
    1 points Nov 10,2019, 6:24pm

    I've been doing photos like this since the Lumia 920... I can do it with a K8 2017, your phone has nothing new nor special... You only adjust the time of exposure, iso and some other stuff.

  • becauseofitall
    1 points Nov 10,2019, 3:50pm

    If that's what you can see ... what can "they" see..?

    nice picky by the way

  • Imgurbannedme
    1 points Nov 10,2019, 4:36pm

    When van we stop calling them smartphones? Can they just be phones now?

COMMENTS

  • FaustoLG
    1 points Nov 10,2019, 6:24pm

    I've been doing photos like this since the Lumia 920... I can do it with a K8 2017, your phone has nothing new nor special... You only adjust the time of exposure, iso and some other stuff.

  • becauseofitall
    1 points Nov 10,2019, 3:50pm

    If that's what you can see ... what can "they" see..?

    nice picky by the way

  • Imgurbannedme
    1 points Nov 10,2019, 4:36pm

    When van we stop calling them smartphones? Can they just be phones now?