andromeda galaxy astronomy photograph

Andromeda

Very far away...

Introducing the first release of my "Foray into Space" series of fine art photographs. Andromeda is the largest galaxy in our sky (by appearance) and one of the brightest "extended" objects (by appearance) outside of our solar system. It is often referred to as Messier 31, or M31, and is flanked on both sides by the M101 galaxy (down and right) and the M32 galaxy (slightly left of the M31 core). The core of Andromeda is visible when observing through most telescopes, even in heavily light polluted skies. The total integrated exposure time of this image is 62 minutes.

We visited my parent's for Independence day in Northeast Oklahoma and I had several nights of skies that are much darker and better suited for astronomy. I took advantage and did several late nights of both visual astronomy with my 10" Dobsonian telescope, and my newest astrophotography rig, which is an 80mm refractor on a tracking mount.

This photograph represents all of the work I've put into photographing the heavens up to this point. While there is still a plethora of aspects to learn and refine, I am very pleased with this image and am excited to release it for print. Photo © copyright by Tim Herschbach.

Matted Print

Matted Print

These elegant, limited edition matted prints are my most popular format. I personally create each of these beautiful art pieces in my studio in Texas. The photograph is printed on Pura Smooth matte paper, by Breathing Color, a Texas-based paper company. The print is then dry mounted in an archival mat which I hand-cut to fit the image. These matted prints are ready to be inserted into a frame of the same size.

Please note that the size listed is the size of the mat, or frame size, not the photograph size. The mat edges are roughly 2" to 5" wide, depending on the mat size chosen. For example, a 16"x20" Matted Print will have a mat size of 16"x20" and a viewable image size of roughly 12"x16". A 56"x40" Matted Print will have a mat size of 56"x40" and a viewable image size of roughly 48"x32".

The mat is signed on the lower right and numbered on the lower left. The print is also signed and numbered underneath the mat in case you'd like to put the photograph into a different mat.

Each size of Matted Print has its own limited edition. Learn more about my Limited Editions.

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Matted & Framed Print

Matted & Framed Print

The matted print (description above) is inserted into the frame of your choice with museum-grade anti-reflective glass (or reduced-glare acrylic if shipping), and an acid-free 3/16" foam-core backing. Finally, the back is sealed with frame sealing tape to protect the artwork from its environment. Each frame includes soft "bumpers" in the bottom corners to protect your walls, the photograph's certificate of authenticity, and a cable making it ready-to-hang, straight out of the box.

After checkout, Contact me to let me know which moulding style you would like.

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Canvas Print

Canvas Print

Canvas prints are both beautiful, durable, and affordable. I create these canvas prints by hand in my home studio in Texas. The photograph is printed on thick and heavy Lyve canvas, by Breathing Color, a Texas-based company. I then spray-laminate the canvas to protect the inks from moisture and abrasions and to add a lovely satin finish. The canvas is then stretched on sturdy 1.5" stretcher bars and presents with a black edge. If you'd like a different edge color, please let me know.

The canvas will come with soft bumpers on the lower corners to protect your walls, a label of authenticity, and a cable that makes it ready-to-hang, straight out of the box.

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Canvas Print with Float Frame

Canvas Print with Float Frame

The Canvas (description above) is framed in a solid-wood, 3" deep float frame that I custom-build for your photograph.

The frame will come with soft bumpers on the lower corners to protect your walls, a label of authenticity, and a cable that makes it ready-to-hang, straight out of the box.

After checkout, Contact me to let me know which moulding style you would like.

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HD Acrylic Print

HD Acrylic Print

HD Acrylic prints are simply beautiful and fascinating to look at. The photograph is printed on a unique semi-gloss paper with beautiful specular highlights and an incredible spectrum of color and tonality. A sheet of high-gloss acrylic is then mounted on top of the paper giving the art piece an extra dimension of depth and interest. It's hard to describe to be honest, but the photograph seems to come to life.

Acrylic prints are incredibly sturdy due to an aluminum di-bond layer that prevents bowing or warping. They also come with a French cleat and a heavy-duty inset aluminum frame which causes the print to stand out from and parallel to the wall. The prints are quite heavy so you may need an extra hand, especially for the larger sizes.

I personally sign and number each individual file digitally before sending it to print. A certificate of authenticity will be mailed to you separately.

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Great care is taken to ensure my fine art prints show the colors and tones that are intended. Due to variances of color and tone in displays, what you see on your monitor, tablet, or phone may be somewhat different than the colors and tones of the print.

Regular production time for a typical order is about a week. If I expect it to take longer, I will let you know.

While the above options will suit the majority of my collector's needs, please contact me if you need to customize your photograph further, whether it be size, frame, or mount.

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