(Semi-) Pro Equipment - NO rules!

Challenge #6 in the Who Knows... series. Hosted by blosshapperter.
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This is the complementary of the standard equipment series. Get out your full formats or even middle formats and show us money-starved how hopelessly we fail with our standard equipment. This challenge is NOT restricted at all. You might be interested to put in with and without post in both challenges. You might be tempted to put in a link to the other into the description field... This is a 'beginners challenge' hoping to attract some pros showing us how to do it right. We want to learn - please comment the pictures! Please be creative!
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Andromeda Galaxy Optimal
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Canon 60Da (astro camera) $1700 Leica Telyt-R 400mm $1000 (used) Vixen Polarie tracker $400 Polar Alignment Scope $250 Astroshed and permanent tripod >$1000 Wireless remote release $200 A total of $4550 invested.
Submitted: Monday, 21st January, 2013 18:50 (GMT)
Taken: Wednesday, 9th January, 2013
Focal length: 400 mm
Shutter speed: 180 sec
Aperture: F8
ISO: 3200
Notes: Take 60 images, throw away the 20 weakest, stack and process in Adobe Photoshop with Astronomy Tools scripts. Sofware is $1600. EXIF file says 50mm, but that's just the $200 Leica R to EOS adapter needed.
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