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Observation by Simon Dawes: The Andromeda galaxy

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Simon Dawes


Simon Dawes


2019 Sep 27 - 20:39


2019 Sep 29 - 16:09


The Andromeda Galaxy (M31)

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Field centre

RA: 00h43m
Dec: +40°53'
Position angle: -25°27'

Field size

7°14' × 6°20'

  • Samyang 135mm f2
  • Canon 600D (Full spectrum mod)
  • CLSCCD clip-in filter
  • iOptron Star Tracker

115x 60s


Kelling Heath, England

Target name

M31, Andromeda galaxy


The Andromeda galaxy

About this image

Having expected Kellingheath Star Party to be a complete washout I was very surprised to find it was actually the best for some years for visual observing. However I did also manage to take some images of M31 with my new lens, I've processed this image in Astro Pixel Processor and finished in Photoshop. 

For the record the weather in Kelling Heath was 'scary', especially being in a tent, but this was mainly during the day, and we chose to come home a day early to avoid the predicted 50mph winds!

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Neil Morrison
Neil Morrison, 2019 Sep 29 - 19:50 UTC

Very  nice image  using  easily  carried  and  uncomplicated equipment .  Long may  North Norfolk  remain devoid of serious Light pollution. 

Nick James
Nick James, 2019 Sep 29 - 22:00 UTC

Nice image. I wondered if the Crayford tent had been blown into the North Sea.

Honor Wheeler
Honor Wheeler, 2019 Sep 30 - 17:39 UTC

Nice one Simon :)

Simon Dawes
Simon Dawes, 2019 Sep 30 - 20:02 UTC


Simon Dawes
Simon Dawes, 2019 Sep 30 - 20:07 UTC

We went expecting to be clouded out so by our 3rd night of clear skies (good enough for spinning around with the Dob.) we decided that with the predicted 50mph winds and driving rain on Sunday it would be best to pack up and go home on Saturday, tent in one piece. The daytime weather was 'biblical' even scary at times, most of our group got soaked to the skin at least once whilst out enjoying the site of outstanding beauty that is Kelling Heath.

Simon Dawes
Simon Dawes, 2019 Oct 01 - 06:40 UTC

Kelling Heath is a lovely site, and the kit is easy to transport and use, it is an upgrade from the nifty fifty I've used in previous years. I spend most my time visual observing with a 12" truss Dob designed by Dieter Martini ( with the mirrors out of an old OO DX300f4 (my first telescope and still using it - well the main mirror - the rest was junk) so the imaging is very much a secondary focus. The skies are great and whilst staring mesmerised at the clarity of the Milkyway our favourite topic is to remember how darker it was in the past, in reality I'm not so sure... 

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