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Andromeda Galaxy - M31

Andromeda Galaxy - M31

The Andromeda Galaxy is a spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Andromeda. It is also known as Messier 31, M31, or NGC 224, and is often referred to as the Great Andromeda Nebula in older texts. Andromeda is the nearest spiral galaxy to the Milky Way, but not the closest galaxy overall. It gets its name from the area of the sky in which it appears, the Andromeda constellation, which was named after the mythological princess Andromeda. At an apparent magnitude of 3.4, the Andromeda Galaxy is notable for being one of the brightest Messier objects,[13] making it visible to the naked eye on moonless nights even when viewed from areas with moderate light pollution. Although it appears more than six times as wide as the full Moon when photographed through a larger telescope, only the brighter central region is visible to the naked eye or when viewed using a binoculars or a small telescope.

Telescope: William Optics FLT98 @ f5/490mm
Reducer: Televue TRF2008
Mount: HEQ5 Pro
Camera: ATIK383L+Guiding: SSAG + Vixen 50mm Viewfinder
Filters: Baader LRGB+Ha
Total Exposure: ~8h
Location: Gytheio - Greece

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