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M31 from Ghubra Bowl
16 Dec 2004 Samir Kharusi

M31 from Ghubra Bowl

Ghubra Bowl, Oman

Here is the final product. The Great Galaxy in Andromeda. Light from it started off more than 2 million years ago to reach us today. It's supposedly the furthest object visible by naked eye, at a dark site, of course. I have encountered an awful lot of problems over a long period of time in being able to autoguide in the field, away from mains power, but finally this is my first success! Dark site and autoguiding, makes for a very pleasant combination. Between a crescent Moon and clouds moving around I managed to grab 20 good frames each exposed for 5 minutes in a Canon 1Ds set at ISO 1250 using a Canon EF 600mm/4.0L IS lens, wide open at f4. I was hoping for a lot more, but 20 usable frames was the final tally, squeezed between the Moon and clouds. I had to discard 3 or 4 frames for faulty tracking, a plane passing through, etc. NB: shot with an unmodded Canon 1Ds, the original version of the 1Ds.

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jon_b19-Jan-2007 15:58
Guest 22-Jun-2005 13:44
Fantastic picture
Charles Lasnier26-May-2005 06:45
Great image and processing Samir.