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Andromeda Galaxy
(2013-09-05 00:22)

About this Object

The Andromeda Galaxy is a spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million light-years from Earth in the Andromeda constellation. Also known as Messier object M31, it is often referred to as the Great Andromeda Nebula in older texts. The Andromeda Galaxy is the nearest spiral galaxy to our Milky Way galaxy, but not the closest galaxy overall. It is named after the mythological princess Andromeda. The Andromeda Galaxy is the largest galaxy of the Local Group, which also contains the Milky Way, the Triangulum Galaxy, and about 30 other smaller galaxies.

About this Image

I would like to have captured more light frames, but it was getting late. I wanted to try out my .86 reducer on a larger object. I am somewhat satisfied with the result. I am interested in seeing what is possible by stitching together multiple narrower field images.

--- Date/Time ---
Local: 2013-09-05 00:22:00
UTC: 2013-09-05 04:22:00

--- Location ---
The Ashton Observatory at Johnson Farms, Ashton MD
(Latitude N39.15°, Longitude W77.01°, Elevation 510')

--- Conditions ---
Temperature: 64° Dew Point: 62° Humidity: 80% Medium seeing

--- Optics ---
Televue NP101is 101mm f/5.35 Refractor with Televue 0.8x Reducer

--- Camera ---
Canon EOS 60Da

--- Exposure ---
Qty 3 60-second ISO 800

--- Post-Processing ---
DeepSkyStacker, PhotoShop

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