M31 : The Andromeda Galaxy

Photographs by Andy Strappazzon

 

 


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Messier Number:
M31


NGC Number:
NGC 224


Common Name:
The Andremeda Galaxy


Constellation:
Andromeda


Distance from Earth:
2.5 million light-years


Visual Magnitude:
4.4


Size:
190′ 60′


Rate:

Description:
The Andromeda Galaxy (also known as Messier 31, M31, or NGC 224; often referred to as the Great Andromeda Nebula in older texts) is a spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million light-years away in the constellation Andromeda. It is the nearest spiral galaxy to our own, the Milky Way. As it is visible as a faint smudge on a moonless night, it is one of the farthest objects visible to the naked eye, and can be seen even from urban areas with binoculars.(Wikipedia)

 

Date Taken:
15 August 2007

Location:
Italy - Altopiano dei 7 communi

Weather:
Temp = 15C

Equipment:
Skywatcher HEq5 Pro
Sigma 70-300mm Apo
Images aquired with: 
Canon 400D

Exposure Specs:
Lights: 5x180 sec @ 800ISO
Darks: 5x180 sec
Flats: - 
Offsets: 10

Total Exposure: 15min

Processed with:
Deepskystacker
Adobe Photoshop CS 2

 

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