Encounter with M 31 Galaxy in Andromeda
I was looking forward the comet PanSTARRS encounter with the Big Andromeda Galaxy. Unfortunately, the
weather was terrible for a long time. Even on April 8 evening the weather looked hopeless. Thanks to
my friend Pavel Štarha who monitored carefully weather satellites images the night was successful.
The sky was covered with low clouds in Brno at the time when Pavel came to pick me up with his car.
During the journey to Nedvědice the sky cleared and it was an excellent
moonless night. We observed
from Karasín hill. The temperature was deep under the freezing point and we had problems with
hoarfrost. I made the fist image at about 02:50 local time (00:50 UT), but the comet and especially
the M 31 galaxy were very low. The best observing conditions were just before the
daybreak. The image presented on this page shows not only
the PanSTARRS comet but also at least five galaxies and it
is made from 16 images with total exposure time of 8 min.
Click on the image or on the following reference to display the
higher resolution image version (3.2 MB, PNG format).
|Date||08. 04. 2013|
|Time||02:10 - 02:20 UT (04:10 - 04:20 local time)|
|Place||Karasín, Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, Czech Republic|
|Conditions||Very good, clear sky, thin fog, frosty (about -10°C)|
|Optics||Canon EF 200mm 1:2.8 L II |
|Camera||Canon EOS 5D Mark II|
|Exposure||16× 30s ISO 3200|
|Processing||image processing: Miloslav Druckmüller |
|Copyright||© 2013 Miloslav Druckmüller|