The Andromeda Galaxy

M31 Andromeda Galaxy

The Andromeda Galaxy is the largest visible galaxy in the sky. It is visible to the naked eye from relatively dark skies. Together with it's companion galaxies M32 and M110 it is one of the most photographed galaxies. According the the SEDS website, Isaac Roberts obtained the first photograph of the Andromeda 'nebula' in 1887, but the first recorded observation was as early as 905 a.d. Sean Walker assisted with processing the final image.

 

Telescope: Astro-Physics 160mm EDF f7.5 @ f7.7 Designation: M31
Mount: Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Constellation: Andromeda
Camera: Apogee U16M with Gen II Astrodon Filters Distance: Approx 2.9 Million Light Years
Guiding: SBIG ST402 via Mini Borg 60mm Type: Spiral Galaxy
Exposure: 405 mins Luminance, 90 min each RGB Position: R.A. 00 hr 42 min , Dec +410 16'
Processed using CCDStack, PhotoShop CS3 Date: 30 & 31 August 2008
Acquisition: CCDAutopilot/CCDSoft/The Sky 6/M1OASYS Location: Deerlick Astronomy Village