Observation by Kev Sprules: My first ever image

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Kev Sprules


Kev Sprules


2020 Sep 21 - 22:23


2021 Jun 01 - 20:36


The Andromeda Galaxy (M31)

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Field centre

RA: 00h43m
Dec: +41°17'
Position angle: -58°24'

Field size

4°10' × 2°40'

  • Canon 200D (unmodified)
  • Tamron 200mm (with TAM-EOS Adaptall mount)
  • Skywatcher Star Adventurer

f/3.5 ISO800 40s x150


South Shropshire

Target name

M31 Andromeda


My first ever image

About this image

Having become a little disheartened with complexities of capturing images via my 130mm newtonian, I found an old 35mm Tamron prime lens and managed to get an adapter to connect it to my Canon 200D.

I had recently purchased a Star Adventurer and had just had my first attempt at Polar Alignment.  With the mount aligned it seemed only right to try an image.  Using a mobile phone with Stellarium to get a rough idea of where to look, followed by a long exposure at high ISO to get M31 framed, this is the image after stacking 200 40 second exposures in DeepSkyStacker taking the top 75%.

My PA wasn't great and I was getting trails over 1 minute, so settled on 40 seconds for no rhyme or reason.

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Jeremy Shears
Jeremy Shears, 2021 Jun 02 - 09:22 UTC

Congratulations on your first image, Kev. I hope it’s the first of many.

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