RBA & AF Astrophotography

M31 and PanSTARRS (C/2011 L4)

Posted: April 2nd, 2013

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The image above shows Comet PanSTARRS (C/2011 L4) passing next to M31, the Andromeda galaxy - "next" from our vantage point, of course. In reality, they're more than a couple of million of light-years away.

The image is actually a composite of data from two different sessions. One session, the one that captured the entire field, including both the comet and the galaxy, is a two pane mosaic of only RGB data. This is the FOV presented in the image (well, the original is a bit bigger). In addition to that, I also used data from a previous session, at a time M31 is much easier to photograph (not so low in the horizon), which added a bit of punch to the entire field and much more manageable data for bringing out the details inM31. 



Mostafa (Contact, Page), April 23rd, 2013, 8:21
Hi Rogelio
I am so happy to see you & your new photos again .
Also I'm so happy for your coming back after about half year .
I thought that you have left the Astrophotography & we will not able to see your excellent & strong photos .
This wide view of Andromeda galaxy & PanSTARRS comet conjunction is very beautiful & efficient like your past images .
One of the other astrophotographers problems to take good photos from this view , is the bad effects of having low altitude & being low in the horizon . But your solution has worked well & your usage of a separate M31 photo has improved the bad effects of being so low in the horizon .
Be successful , Bye .

chuck kimball (Contact, Page), April 23rd, 2013, 17:11
Yes, Rogelio, it is very good to see your work again! Welcome back, so to speak, and congratulations on the wonderful conjunction image.

budy (Contact, Page), July 16th, 2014, 1:33
man,,,this is awesome

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