A nice clear night. Thought I would try to image Andromeda galaxy with the Altair 80mm refractor.
This is the full set up with Refractor, 10x60mm Finder scope. CCD camera attached to MacBook Air.
My ATIK Titan has quite a small field of view, so the image below really just shows the galactic core. there was just a faint hint of nebulosity and dust lanes in the image until I ran it through PixInsight which brought out these features quite well. I would probably need DSLR imaging to see all of the galaxy.
I thought the surrounding field stars were just that until I read an article in Sky and Telescope which had a nice map of Andromeda and associated features. At least five of the “stars” are globular clusters in orbit around Andromeda. I was able to identify:
G217 GC Andromeda galaxy
G222 GC Andromeda galaxy
G205 GC Andromeda galaxy
G235 GC Andromeda galaxy
G229 GC Andromeda galaxy
there have been some standout moments in astronomy for me such as seeing M51, the Whirlpool galaxy for the first time or my first globular cluster but I think it is amazing that I can identify globular clusters in orbit around another galaxy from my back yard in Limavady!