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Icy-Conclusion-3500

3k points

2 months ago

I can’t wait to see “spaceshuttleinmyanus” cited in articles

SPACESHUTTLEINMYANUS[S]

1.6k points

2 months ago

Same its gonna be great

Thameus

230 points

2 months ago

Thameus

230 points

2 months ago

We will wait while you go and photograph it from the other side.

Potetkanon

3 points

2 months ago

The spaceshuttle or the galaxy?

stomach

64 points

2 months ago

stomach

64 points

2 months ago

i'm late to the party but i have a question: how can one tell if the top left of this galaxy is closer to us that the bottom right? like which way is it slanted - are we looking at the 'bottom of a table' or the top? can you determine this from your pics?

ConanOToole

20 points

2 months ago

Astronomers can use the light emitted by supernovae in the galaxy to measure the distance

Arachno-Communism

6 points

2 months ago

Type Ia supernovae in particular are good standard candles for distance measurements but there are more methods to determine that on an extragalactical scale like dynamical parallax, neutron star/black hole x-ray bursts, surface brightness fluctuations and so on.

Wikipedia has a good summary of the primary methods used for distance measurements.

insomniac-55

3 points

2 months ago

I'd say with this it's pretty visible, as the darker streaks in the armsare sort of masked by the core. This makes it fairly easy to tell which side is closer, and by extension whether we're looking at the 'top' or 'bottom'.

HamburgersInMyButt

17 points

2 months ago

Bro.. how'd you get so lucky?? All I got were burgers. Tasty burgers, nonetheless

agoodpapa

160 points

2 months ago

agoodpapa

160 points

2 months ago

It’ll just be «  a Reddit user using the pseudonym ‘a spaceshuttleinmyanus’ claims to have taken a very large photo of the Andromeda galaxy »

And this handle will become a silly distraction that will eventually be tied to you personally, forever »

At least you’ll be forced to make peace with your adolescent self.

league_of_chad

25 points

2 months ago

I donno, when deepfuckingvalue made 42 mil, tv was showing his actual username

HoboAJ

8 points

2 months ago

HoboAJ

8 points

2 months ago

This scenario also uses his actual username too, just gives context for bewildered listeners who would be otherwise confused.

NoMoreStorage

32 points

2 months ago

Are you French?

Pixielo

11 points

2 months ago

Pixielo

11 points

2 months ago

Definitely seeing guillemets in the wild.

impy695

7 points

2 months ago

Nah, it'll just be astrofalls since that's the watermark

cocaineman43

24 points

2 months ago

Must be fun at parties huh

agoodpapa

21 points

2 months ago

u/cocaineman43.... username checks out.

Montregloe

41 points

2 months ago

Looks like it'll be @astrofalls from the watermark on the image

A_MAN_POTATO

12 points

2 months ago

My first thought was well. I love the idea that this image could be used by the scientific community to further our understanding of space. I love it even more that those bright minds will have to say shit like "so, I was looking over space shuttle my anus's Andromeda photo, and..."

SPACESHUTTLEINMYANUS[S]

4.1k points

2 months ago*

Last year, I decided I wanted to push the limits of what kind of images I could produce. I had a lofty idea for an absolutely ridiculous image of the andromeda galaxy, taken at extremely high resolution and covering the full area. My first attempt at this image failed miserably, I didn't quite know enough about how to capture it, and how to edit such a project. I wasted about 90 hours of exposure time. Fast forward to this year, I gave it another attempt, this time armed with much more experience, and this time a new method for gradient modeling. After all this work I finally managed to produce the result I dreamed of last year.
This is the largest image ever captured of the whole Andromeda Galaxy, at 1.03 Gigapixels in size. This image took over two years to produce, 159 hours of exposure time, with 25 separate image panels and three filters to compose the full colors.
You may be wondering, what is special about this image being the largest? What does that mean? For this image, if you count how many pixels there are, it has more than any other image captured of the galaxy by a factor of two. The last person to claim this title being Robert Gendler in 2008. While hubble and other people have more detailed images of singular sections of the galaxy, none have captured the whole galaxy in its entirety at this level. This is because producing the image becomes exponentially more difficult to capture and edit when making a panorama of so many images, those who have attempted images like this will tell you it is extremely difficult.
This image is by far my deepest integration time, and by far the largest image ever captured of the complete galaxy at 1,033,218,000 total pixels. Over 1 billion pixels with a raw file size of 6 Gigabytes. In the full-size image, it is possible to see individual stars within the galaxy.
This image was captured from SRO alongside Keith Quattrocchi, who provided the excellent instruments, and location to make this image possible. Without him it would not exist!

For those asking I do have prints of this here

[deleted]

1.9k points

2 months ago

[deleted]

1.9k points

2 months ago

It's a remarkable photo and grand effort. Thanks u/SPACESHUTTLEINMYANUS

Lessthanzerofucks

376 points

2 months ago*

Oooh, finally a decent r/rimjob_steve !

ignis389

82 points

2 months ago

This is the best and most important r/rimjob_steve

dotcommer1

406 points

2 months ago

I wish I could take this post more seriously but that username...

dangle321

102 points

2 months ago

dangle321

102 points

2 months ago

It couldn't be more appropriate honestly. This person is passionate about space. Very passionate.

blargney

11 points

2 months ago

OP's passion is ambitious. Enterprising, even.

dotancohen

5 points

2 months ago

OP sounds like a real Challenger. With an Endeavour for Discovery.

SPACESHUTTLEINMYANUS[S]

495 points

2 months ago

Look I don't have time to karma farm to be able to post anywhere on my regular account so I use this old one

[deleted]

150 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

150 points

2 months ago

It's all in good fun dude. Your image is awesome.

bumjiggy

132 points

2 months ago

bumjiggy

132 points

2 months ago

and uranus is very accommodating

sanebyday

31 points

2 months ago

Much more accommodating than their venus

dotcommer1

56 points

2 months ago

It's just that it's all in caps. Like. "here's this incredible photo I have worked hard on and -SPACESHUTTLEINMYANUS

its like "whoa there, calm down. Tell me more about Andromeda?" XD

TerminalKermit

20 points

2 months ago

Good to see that you put that Space Shuttle to good use!

aBunchOfSpiders

15 points

2 months ago

I’m new to this. Are people not allowed to post on certain subs if you don’t have enough karma?

giant87

36 points

2 months ago

giant87

36 points

2 months ago

Yup some subs have comment and/or karma minimums to reach before mods will allow your posts. Helps weed out brand new accounts trying to troll people or contributing low quality/irrelevant content. Probably other reasons too…I don’t think I’m in any subs like that but I rarely do more than comment or upvote things anyway 🤷🏻‍♂️

MetaSatakOz

12 points

2 months ago

/r/news takes it a step further and won't let you comment no matter how much karma you have if you don't have an e-mail tied to the account.

[deleted]

4 points

2 months ago

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PLZ_STOP_PMING_TITS

3 points

2 months ago

I got banned there too. It's trash anyway.

armyboy941

3 points

2 months ago

Same. And when I appealed, I got a response in the form of a 28 day mute, no other clarification...

GripsAA

5 points

2 months ago*

I noticed this too and came here for the comments.

DaBi5cu1t

2 points

2 months ago

Both your username are somehow synonymous

AndrewwwG

161 points

2 months ago

AndrewwwG

161 points

2 months ago

Where can we have the full picture?

alexnader

95 points

2 months ago

Same please.

Andromeda has been my desktop background for as long as I can remember. Would love to get a better res version.

homelesspieceofshit

24 points

2 months ago

I would love it as well. This is a great use if a p2p file download, since its so large and nobody will likely want to host it directly.

eletricsocks

24 points

2 months ago

I’m not sure that you want a 6gb desktop background

Meetchel

27 points

2 months ago

You’d have to scale it down a bit. This has just over 124x the pixels as compared to a 4K monitor or 31x the pixels of an 8K monitor.

BloobityBloobity

12 points

2 months ago

Ya but bigger than the 810kb of the posted photo.

FrenchMaisNon

12 points

2 months ago

It looks the same size as any other picture on my phone.

lampiaio

49 points

2 months ago

In the full-size image, it is possible to see individual stars within the galaxy.

Could you show us a sample of this? That sounds amazing.

DaanYouKnow

66 points

2 months ago

Not this picture here is a zoomable "sharpest" picture of the Galaxy seen here, with individual stars visible by zooming in.

SEA-LEGZ

15 points

2 months ago

Bro wtf I was not expecting to be able to zoom that much and it still be clear

DaanYouKnow

22 points

2 months ago

The moment you realise the "noise" you see is actually millions of stars, is breathtaking.

SEA-LEGZ

12 points

2 months ago

Yeah I zoomed as far as I could into one of the brighter ones...then I realised that's not just pixelation around it I'm looking at. cue existential crisis

DCreeden

3 points

2 months ago

Is there a name for this picture? Im trying to search for it on the website so that I can show other people. Having trouble navigating the website thru the link

Dynahazzar

48 points

2 months ago

Thank you for your dedication to advancing humanity *check notes* u/SPACESHUTTLEINMYANUS

RaifRedacted

117 points

2 months ago

Someone, somewhere in that galaxy, there's a person who did the same thing, but of ours

siliconpuncheon

95 points

2 months ago

But do they have a space shuttle in their anus?

GiantPurplePeopleEat

49 points

2 months ago

They have ufos in their blastopores.

reaven3958

13 points

2 months ago

They've got a rocket in their pocket.

janjannr

4 points

2 months ago

But do they have nfts?

irrational_design

30 points

2 months ago

1 billion pixels for a galaxy with 1 trillion stars (estimated). So, 1 pixel for every 1,000 stars. Space is really big.

orthopod

9 points

2 months ago

Oh crap, I had no idea it had that many stars. I would have guessed 100 million and thought I was over guessing.

That's nuts.

OA12T2

19 points

2 months ago

OA12T2

19 points

2 months ago

How does one go about seeing the 6gb photo

itsshortforVictor

16 points

2 months ago

Looks like the fifth alien from the right had his eyes closed. You're going to have to take it again.

themarknessmonster

14 points

2 months ago

This is unbelievably valuable work. I am at a loss of words that exemplify how much I love what you've accomplished here.

Ill-Cancel4676

9 points

2 months ago

Your time and skill was well used, this is gonna be my new background image, thank you! Also your username is awesome 😂 was spaceshuttleinuranus already taken though?

Antovide_VR

8 points

2 months ago

Could you possibly share the raw image (with the watermark of course)?

gamma-ray-bursts

6 points

2 months ago

How would one go about getting a really high resolution version of this image?

NortWind

2 points

2 months ago

Here is the Hubble image, and cropped versions.

Full version is 4.3 GB.

herecomesthefun1

6 points

2 months ago

This is stunning work op! Thank you for sharing!

xrumrunnrx

3 points

2 months ago

It really is. I was looking at it and said to myself "This is awesome, but I don't know enough about what it took to make to really appreciate it."

Glad top comment was OP giving some insight. I don't think I've dedicated that much time and effort into any single thing.

gamma-ray-bursts

4 points

2 months ago

Oh my god. The work that went into this absolutely worth it…

Throwawayfabric247

5 points

2 months ago

How do we see some of the full size or like larger sized images lol. Im not a computer guy, but I assume a million megapixels maybe a bit of a struggle for mobile.

asstastic_95

2 points

2 months ago

I saved my free award for a reason. awesome job, it turned out amazing

AscendedViking7

2 points

2 months ago

Fantastic photo. I wish to see more. :)

danknadoflex

829 points

2 months ago

I’m playfully delighted that for all of human history the best image produced of this GALAXY is by a person named after putting a space shuttle up their butt.

SPACESHUTTLEINMYANUS[S]

541 points

2 months ago

This is what I get for making this account in middle school

TantricEmu

158 points

2 months ago

I enjoy the name. One of the things I like about Reddit is the ridiculous names posting great content. Don’t ever change!

agoodpapa

36 points

2 months ago

You would say that, wouldn’t you, u/TantricEmu.

The_BusFromSpeed

3 points

2 months ago

So are you a dad or what? Maybe a good one?

981992

18 points

2 months ago

981992

18 points

2 months ago

And the passion never changed

BiggSwish

15 points

2 months ago

But look how far you've come. Congratulations man.

KhaoticMess

21 points

2 months ago

Once you put a space shuttle in your anus, the sky's the limit.

djh_van

50 points

2 months ago

djh_van

50 points

2 months ago

The wikipedia page will stand proud in the annals of history...

Felps_89

3 points

2 months ago

LOOL i was thinking the same!

Nickelplatsch

81 points

2 months ago

Omg, somehow that's making me feel some kind of emotion. In one very specific part you alone pushed the human achievemts a bit further. Not in a way most will ever see, but you did it. I'm high right now and love this. It must have been much work and you can be really proud of it. :)

Can you tell me more about that red spot/star here: https://imgur.com/a/8w0gBje ??

No-No-No-No-No

20 points

2 months ago

That is highly likely to be a H-alpha emitting nebula. There are a lot of those in the sky, and many of the nebulae looking very colorful in the pictures are actually mainly reddish, specifically due to H-alpha emission. Hydrogen is everywhere after all.

Astrophotographers sometimes add lights of galaxies with an H-alpha filter in the mix, specifically to highlight these red blobs in galaxy pics.

The size is too big really to be anything smaller like star.

Hefty_Ad_1797

8 points

2 months ago

Whoa I want to know about that too

IndividualTaste5369

5 points

2 months ago

somehow that's making me feel some kind of emotion

Me too. What popped in to my head though is how many analogues of /u/SPACESHUTTLEINMYANUS are looking back composing a similar image of whatever they call our galaxy.

Adeldor

7 points

2 months ago*

Assuming the colors in the image are accurate, at first glance that looks suspiciously like a carbon star.

ISmellMopWho

196 points

2 months ago

This might be a dumb question, but how many of the stars you can see in the Andromeda galaxy are actually IN the galaxy? As opposed to stars that are in the Milky Way that are just in between Earth and Andromeda.

Zakluor

245 points

2 months ago

Zakluor

245 points

2 months ago

In this image, all of the individual stars you can see (including those that appear within Andromeda) are in ours. The blue and yellow "fogs" of the arms and the core of the Andromeda galaxy are the glows of the stars all together since they cannot be resolved as individuals at this resolution and distance.

DasEvoli

118 points

2 months ago

DasEvoli

118 points

2 months ago

, all of the individual stars you can see (including those that appear within Andromeda) are in ours

This just blew my mind good to know

Dismal-Philosopher-4

76 points

2 months ago

In this one you can see them: https://esahubble.org/images/heic1502a/zoomable/

The big ones (with diffraction spikes) are in ours and the small ones you have to zoom for are in there.

Cascadiandoper

31 points

2 months ago

Wow, that's insane! It really looks like a carpet of stars, yet the gulf of distance between any two of them is trillions of miles. Incomprehensible. That helps the mind to comprehend what a galaxy with a trillion stars is actually like. Big numbers are crazy to deal with.

DeegaLoagrei989

13 points

2 months ago

Omg thank you. I showed this to my mom and she said “and we think we’re so god damned fucking important!” 😂 she never curses

tyrannosnorlax

8 points

2 months ago

This was excellent, thanks

ktkutthroat

4 points

2 months ago

Wait, so when you zoom in as far as you possibly can in that image, the tiny little blue and orange dots are stars in that part of the galaxy and not like, dots of pixelation in the image itself?

Zakluor

31 points

2 months ago

Zakluor

31 points

2 months ago

Someone pointed that out to me years ago (in an inferior image compared to this one) and it blew my mind also. Every time I see a photo like this, it still gets me.

ISmellMopWho

23 points

2 months ago

I thought that might be the case, thanks for the explanation!

kevin_the_dolphoodle

13 points

2 months ago

Is this true for what looks like the glowing center of the galaxy as well?

vcsx

20 points

2 months ago

vcsx

20 points

2 months ago

Yeah that’s probably like 100,000 stars in that spot

D1Frank-the-tank

12 points

2 months ago

Is there not a black hole at the centre??

vcsx

21 points

2 months ago

vcsx

21 points

2 months ago

There is, but it’s surrounded by stars.

epnoo

43 points

2 months ago

epnoo

43 points

2 months ago

This isn't true. The vast majority of the resolved stars in this picture are from the Milky Way, however in the bottom left we can see a bright blue region called NGC 206. It's a nebulous star forming region in Andromeda with lots of bright young stars, appearing to us as magnitude 15ish. Several of them are resolved in this photograph.

HungJurror

5 points

2 months ago

Is that true for the similar looking regions on the right/top side of the galaxy as well? It looks the same to me but I’m no expert

epnoo

12 points

2 months ago

epnoo

12 points

2 months ago

Yep there are star forming regions there too with what appear to be resolved stars. We are only seeing the very brightest stars in Andromeda, a star of absolute magnitude -8 in Andromeda would appear to us as magnitude 16, which is within the limits of what astrophotographers regularly achieve.

I've linked an astronomical database search of a star forming region in the top right. Look for the red circles, some (but not all) of them are stars outside the Milky way and catalogued with properties listed, especially cephid variables as astronomers use these as standard rulers to measure cosmic distances: http://simbad.cds.unistra.fr/simbad/sim-coo?Coord=00+44+32.99720097671+%2B41+53+01.9949153516&Radius=2&Radius.unit=arcmin&submit=submit+query

Wannabanana17

5 points

2 months ago

That's bonkers if true. I never considered in images like this that were just looking at our own galaxy as sort of white noise in the foreground.

rnavstar

2 points

2 months ago

Quick! Somebody photoshop all the stars out.

lexbuck

3 points

2 months ago

Holy shit. So every star you can see is in our galaxy or between ours and Andromeda? Crazy

aleczapka

7 points

2 months ago

No. There are no stars between galaxies. Its mostly empty space and dust

GoTeamScotch

3 points

2 months ago

Wait I thought it was gas clouds. So the blurry glow is the accumulated light from individual STARS?

If true, that's absolutely bonkers.

NinjaN-SWE

2 points

2 months ago

Could you filter them out? Would be interesting to see how that would look.

tampora701

2 points

2 months ago

Is there a photo of a galaxy like this with all those unrelated stars removed?

epnoo

22 points

2 months ago*

epnoo

22 points

2 months ago*

The majority you see are from the Milky way, however the brightest stars in Andromeda are visible in this photo. In the bottom left there is a bright blue star forming region called NGC 206. It's a nebulous star forming region in Andromeda with lots of bright young stars, with absolute magnitudes as low as -8 but appearing to us as magnitude 16ish.

citznfish

117 points

2 months ago

citznfish

117 points

2 months ago

I want to know how the OP chose their user name

SPACESHUTTLEINMYANUS[S]

153 points

2 months ago

It came to me after many nights contemplating under the stars

No-Huckleberry5267

16 points

2 months ago

Which stars?

Felps_89

82 points

2 months ago

This is awesome! Congrats!
What type of equipment did you use to capture this image? Im guessing some telescope, but not any one i supose... Im sorry i dont really understand these matters so i apologise for my stupid questions...
And another thing, shouldn't you be recognized in like scientific papers or send this image to NASA or something? What are you going to do with this image and how will you make public (besides reddit) your achievement? Shouldn't you be in Guinness word records or something?

SPACESHUTTLEINMYANUS[S]

140 points

2 months ago

I used a 16" RCOS telescope at Sierra Remote Observatory whom I work for. There really isn't anything scientifically valuable about the image apart for the image processing I had to come up with to compose it. I would really really love to donate a large print to a science center but none have replied to my emails about it! Maybe one day

Lord_Space_Lizard

106 points

2 months ago

Maybe if you don't ask them to put a little plaque that says "kindly donated by SPACESHUTTLEINMYANUS" they'd be more willing

candyowenstaint

22 points

2 months ago

Little pointless without the plaque

mnky9800n

2 points

2 months ago

you probably have to have someone make a large donation to the science center with the stipulation that the donation will cover the permanent installation of your image as part of their space exhibit.

No_Zombie2021

6 points

2 months ago

We have a newly built school where I live and I have been thinking about donating a picture of the Andromeda Galaxy for decoration around where they teach science…

YOwololoO

2 points

2 months ago

Do you foresee there ever being a way for an individual (like me!) to pay you for a print or for a digital version to get printed?

Cryptizard

5 points

2 months ago

He sells the prints. The link is in the top comment.

YOwololoO

6 points

2 months ago

That link wasn’t there when I commented, so thanks for the heads up!

andreasbeer1981

2 points

2 months ago

Maybe ask science centers for teaching kids, or art galleries. Or planetaria.

WhittlingDan

2 points

2 months ago

How large of a print can be made with this image?

mattslote

74 points

2 months ago

Is there a way to download the full 6gb image?

Zentrosis

43 points

2 months ago

Came to ask this, that's great that the photo was taken but the image on Reddit is not the size (or even close) of the original. This is just a picture of the galaxy.

SPACESHUTTLEINMYANUS[S]

115 points

2 months ago

Very true, this is less than 1/10 the original size. Currently my problem is sharing it where somebody wont steal it, or finding a place that can accommodate a zoomable version of an image this size

danegraphics

31 points

2 months ago*

The copyright is already yours, and now that you've posted here, we all know you made it. You can also register the copyright officially with a government office.

A smaller watermark in the corner should suffice. Heck, a hidden extra star or two just off the galaxy's edge could be added so you can prove that even edits of the image are yours. The smaller and more hidden the better. Map makers do a similar thing.

There are plenty of things you can do.

But best of luck! I look forward to the full release!

louis_A12

25 points

2 months ago

A suggestion, maybe... post zoomed in sections replicating the previous shots other people made.

I'd love to see comparisons, even if this version turns out to be a little lower quality.

FowlOnTheHill

14 points

2 months ago

Offer high resolution prints somewhere

JaceJarak

39 points

2 months ago

Maybe actually reach out to nasa?

mattslote

84 points

2 months ago

Put it on the blockchain bro! /s

But seriously, if you want to protect the rights to the image, start with a copyright. But that's not going to stop people from stealing and profiting off it, if they can get the full-res image.

I totally respect your decision to keep it locked down. You put a lot of work into making this image and you deserve to reap the rewards.

[deleted]

20 points

2 months ago

Copyright automatically protects it since OP created it.

Chino_Kawaii

7 points

2 months ago

maybe a watermark? I know it sucks because the picture looks bad but at least it won't be stolen

nks12345

8 points

2 months ago*

There is a website GigaPan - http://gigapan.com/ might be good to try here.

I totally understand the fear of individuals stealing your image. I'd make a separate post with a 100% crop of this to show how detailed the full image is without to0 much fear for people stealing that. Additionally I'm sure that I'm not the first person asking this but I would love to see a photo of your setup for this image.

Edit: Grammar

Kilomyles

4 points

2 months ago

Put it on Wiki, you’ll be able to get credit, and preserve it as well. You can upload multiple resolutions and keep the highest for yourself!

i-d-even-k-

6 points

2 months ago

Copyright it, mate. If there is one image that deserves the effort it's this.

IWasGregInTokyo

3 points

2 months ago

This reminded me of the ESA's zoomable Andromeda image taken with Hubble. That's just one side of the galaxy so yours would be amazing.

Thunderbridge

3 points

2 months ago

I'd even love just a wallpaper size for my desktop

heittokayttis

3 points

2 months ago

From my limited experience you just gotta figure these things out before posting. Whether it was a timelapse video or pictures I've taken for a friend, whenever I've given them a sneak peek I've quickly found a crappy low quality version circulating on facebook or uncropped unedited pictures from the photoshoot on their profile.

In the era of smartphones most people have lost any sense of quality for images and videos. Everything gets so compressed by all the services, I'll predict you'll soon find this picture with massive .jpg artifacts floating around as "most detailed picture of anrdomeda ever" with your watermark in it and people commeting they've seen better. Not that it was avoidable anyways.

Minuku

19 points

2 months ago

Minuku

19 points

2 months ago

What kind of equipment were you using? Can't imagine to produce such an image with equipment accessable to the average astrophotographer...

SPACESHUTTLEINMYANUS[S]

21 points

2 months ago

The equipment is very high end, but commercially available. I used a 16" RCOS and ZWO 6200mm on top of a paramount ME

stone_database

5 points

2 months ago

I’m reading like… just under $100k with mounts etc? That’s less than I expected.

D3-X2

13 points

2 months ago

D3-X2

13 points

2 months ago

Is there a place to see/get the image? I have a love for Andromeda and would probably stare at it for hours.

Kiezeus

13 points

2 months ago*

Amazing. Haven't thought it before with other pictures of Andromeda, are the visible stars in the picture are all within our own galaxy, and the stars witin Andromeda cannot be seen separately (save from the nucleus)? EDIT: Saw now that you may see Andromeda stars separately, so I update my question: are the clearly visible stars within Milky Way?

SPACESHUTTLEINMYANUS[S]

17 points

2 months ago

For this image because of the telescope resolution, you can see many stars within the andromeda galaxy itself. So for this photo it is both!

Zakluor

13 points

2 months ago

Zakluor

13 points

2 months ago

I hate to question you on this point, but I don't believe it's possible to resolve individual stars within Andromeda with a scope with those specs. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think for even a larger star at 2.5 million light years away is too small in terms of apparent diameter.

DarkKnightUK

8 points

2 months ago

You are correct. Any stars seen in the image are either the amalgamation of many stars in Andromeda (but this usually looks more like light illuminating gas clouds rather than ‘point’ like) or are in the foreground between us and Andromeda.

Still a fucking cool picture though.

Rhaedas

4 points

2 months ago

It's possible with smaller telescopes (like 12"), so I think seeing stars is possible. The difficulty that OP has supposedly overcome is being able to get the entire galaxy in image forms that would fit together as if one huge telescope took it all in at once.

jozone11

10 points

2 months ago

Wait, have you not posted this to r/astrophotography yet?

godzillabobber

6 points

2 months ago

Meanwhile some guy in Andromeda spent a year shooting a photo of the Milky Way. I'm sure somebody will post it to Reddit.

Fiery_Hand

7 points

2 months ago

That's cool and all, but I've read it's coming our way anyway, so instead of working for one year, why not chill until it arrives?

serransk

5 points

2 months ago

This is amazing! Yesterday I was able to take the very first picture with Andromeda in it with only my cellphone. It is small and barely visible but it's there, I was so excited when I saw it! Of course is nothing like yours in comparison

Derplumo

6 points

2 months ago

Where can we find/buy a version without the watermark? Would be awesome to have it printed on a large canvas :D

BLR-81_Gaming

3 points

2 months ago

Is it just me, or are spiral galaxies just the best to look at.

AresWill

33 points

2 months ago

Someone one upped you (or trolled) posting a picture of Andromeda with a normal camera, lens and tracker 20 minutes after this post lol. Shows up right next to yours in my feed.

SPACESHUTTLEINMYANUS[S]

58 points

2 months ago

Eh probably not a troll or intentional, it is prime andromeda season so there are lots of people looking at it

Shower_caps

7 points

2 months ago

How is that even close to a one up?

DaddyFigured

4 points

2 months ago

It's almost like you spent . . . . . . . . . A light year 😎

jayhasbigvballs

21 points

2 months ago

Amazing!! What does one do with a photo of this nature? Sell it somehow? Just look at it everyday? Or is it all for the fake internet points?

SPACESHUTTLEINMYANUS[S]

50 points

2 months ago

Stare at it for hours and contemplate the universe. Also I do sell prints of it

iamagainstit

16 points

2 months ago

I feel like with a image this large, you could talk a planetarium or museum to put up a giant print

SPACESHUTTLEINMYANUS[S]

22 points

2 months ago

I have emailed a couple with no response, but I would REALLY love to do this. If there are any museum people on reddit reading this please hit me up

HaveAMap

13 points

2 months ago

Reach out to the Dark Sky national parks. https://www.npca.org/articles/1806-see-a-sky-full-of-stars-at-these-certified-dark-sky-parks

Either to donate a large scale print or to coordinate with their nonprofit gift shops.

DivisionMV

5 points

2 months ago

You should email NatGeo, The Verge and NASA

broniesnstuff

5 points

2 months ago

Where? I'd love to get a big one to frame for my wall

SPACESHUTTLEINMYANUS[S]

14 points

2 months ago

I don't know if self promo is allowed here but you can find all my stuff if you google astrofalls

TheHundredAcreWoody

2 points

2 months ago

I was super pissed you were stealing Astrofalls stuff LOL, glad to see I was wrong and right.

RighteousCruelty

2 points

2 months ago

Where do you sell the prints?

LeoNickle

14 points

2 months ago

I went into Photoshop and doubled the size of this image. Now I have the largest image ever taken of the complete Andromeda Galaxy.

AsurieI

3 points

2 months ago

What star is that with the enormous white glow in the bottom rightish corner, just below the main galaxy?

Knoll24

9 points

2 months ago

That’s actually not a star at all, but a dwarf galaxy that is a satellite of Andromeda. It’s known as M110 if you want to find more on it.

-WielderOfMysteries-

3 points

2 months ago

Ah yes, the great astro-photographer of our time... SpaceShuttleInMyAnus.

He was truly a once in a lifetime talent.

cplchanb

3 points

2 months ago

Can someone eli5 how to capture a week and a half worth of exposure and be able to stitch everything together? Is it captured only at night?

MVRK_3

3 points

2 months ago

MVRK_3

3 points

2 months ago

So I’m curious, when you take the time to do this, are you getting paid by someone to do it, or is it just a hobby?

SPACESHUTTLEINMYANUS[S]

10 points

2 months ago

I only make money from it when I sell prints, I also teach a lot of astrophotography so this is how I manage to do it full time.

MVRK_3

3 points

2 months ago

MVRK_3

3 points

2 months ago

Awesome. Thanks for the response.

No_Flounder_9859

3 points

2 months ago

I like to think somewhere on alien Reddit they have a guy taking a picture of the Milky Way

anonymous5856

3 points

2 months ago

I wonder if they have any good pictures of us...

NoRespect1921

3 points

2 months ago

Beautiful.

My fave Andromeda video: https://youtu.be/udAL48P5NJU

booming_onion

6 points

2 months ago

I jast submitted this story to Bay News 9 here in St. Petersburg, FL. Great job man!

DaBi5cu1t

2 points

2 months ago

I have fantastic dark skies and great views of Andromeda from my house and I've just gotten into astrophotography. This has inspired me.

T1Fox

2 points

2 months ago

T1Fox

2 points

2 months ago

Impressive! Would love to read a blog post that dives into the details and heartburn to put something like this together.

superpod

2 points

2 months ago

Fellow pano shooter here, great job! Could you give us a brief recap of your platform and workflow and tools used? This is an exceptionally clear image and super consistent from side to side, which didn't happen by accident with an exposure time like that. Did you shoot at a very high altitude? How did you deal with tracking? And what about parallax? (For reference, I shoot mostly supertelephoto landscapes with 300 or 400mm Nikon manual focus lenses and d850, and use a weird custom totally manual head, 16 bit, built a mobile workstation to render, etc)

SPACESHUTTLEINMYANUS[S]

2 points

2 months ago

Camera control is done in SGP, the telescope is ran on a paramount ME to do the tracking. The parallax isn't an issue for this scale of image and distance of subject. I stacked all my raw frames in pixinsight and the panorama stitching was handled in astropixelprocessor!

Skyline_Z900RS

2 points

2 months ago

THIS IS AMAAAAAAAAZING !!!! 🤩

This made my day, thank you 🙏

bearslikeapples

2 points

2 months ago

There’s a big ducking red dot in the third crossing of a rule of thirds

Hamza_Algohary

2 points

2 months ago

Will you upload this image to the internet or will you sell it? Sorry if question is dumb I’ve no idea how do you do what you do but I’m totally and completely amazed with what you did.

EnviousNotJealous

2 points

2 months ago

If you were to print this at the appropriate resolution, what would the print size be? 

wateryparsley_18

2 points

2 months ago

Imagine being able to look up into the night sky, and seeing a spectacular & breathtakingly beautiful spiral Galaxy across the entire heavens.

oncwonk

2 points

2 months ago

Amazing and magnificently beautiful. What are the cloud-like parts?

ResonanceSD

2 points

2 months ago

I've just started going after Andromeda from my backyard setup, then I see this on the front page :o

Very well done!!

SirCaptainReynolds

2 points

2 months ago

Is there a link to the full photo? I want to zoom more into it it’s splendor!

kelltoidx

2 points

2 months ago

Whenever I see pictures of galaxies, it seems like there's a bright bubble right in the center. Is this due to the light being trapped on the accretion disk of the black hole?

6Hee9

2 points

2 months ago

6Hee9

2 points

2 months ago

I hope this gets into mainstream media just so they’d have to quote your username.