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Clive

M31 (at last!)

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Clive

So that's another lesson learnt - let everything stabilise to the outside temperature before starting imaging!  The camera and lens came out of the house just before I started imaging (in an attempt to prolong the time before everything dewed up - which in hindsight I didn't need to worry about) so slowly dropped from 20C 'ish to 0C over the 2 hour imaging period.  Looking at the DSS information, the FWHM for the first image was 4 pixels and slowly increased image by image to more than 10 pixels with a corresponding drop in the number of stars detected.  Having now acquired the matching darks, I've had chance to play about with the image.  The image below is a stack of the first 24 (of 40) exposures which seems to be the best compromise between reduced star diameter and increased noise.

 

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