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Kevin Morefield's picture

Spirals of Suns

The Great Andromeda Galaxy, cosmically just down the block at 2.5 million light-years away. Blue specks in the spirals are young stars in a galaxy not our own. Magenta clouds of gas coalesce into new stars and planets.

26 hours of exposure at 530mm and F5.

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Robert Huerbsch's picture

Excellent capture Kevin! FSQ106 ? You can see some of the very faint hydrogen alpha clouds around M31

Kevin Morefield's picture

Yes, Robert, FSQ106. I actually shot 10 hours of Ha, hoping to get the clouds but I shot it from my backyard in the middle of the city. So the Nebulae showed up nicely but the dim background clouds not so much. What you are seeing is really from the red channel I shot in a dark Bortle 2 site.

Maybe next year I'll shoot some dark site Ha. But that always seems like a waste :)

Mariano San José González's picture

Spectacular, impressive. The greatness of something that is difficult for us to see and imagine.
congratulations and my like.

Mariano San José González's picture

Spectacular, impressive. The greatness of something that is difficult for us to see and imagine.
congratulations and my like.

Kevin Morefield's picture

Thank you Mariano! Indeed, we can barely see this with our naked eye but the camera reveals a galaxy full of worlds to us.

Michael Marcelletti's picture

Nice astrophoto