Andromeda Galaxy

Observed:  Points: 50

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as of 10/19/2019 12:11 a.m.

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General Info

TypeSpiral Galaxy
ConstellationAndromeda
Right ascension0h42'44.300''
Declination+41°16'6''
Magnitude3.400
Distance2,900,000ly
Size178 arc min
Catalog Designations NGC224, M31
Discovered 964 Abd-al-Rahman Al Sufi

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Andromeda Galaxy

Celestron Omni XLT 150
0 points

Finally saw this with the telescope... and it was actually more impressive with the binoculars. I guess this is due to it's huge size.

M31 is in a near perfect position for my site this time of year. Enjoyed perhaps the best views I've had in my NELM 4.95 suburban skies. M32 was in the same FOV.

Andromeda Galaxy

Orion 10'' SkyQuest dobsonian
50 points

After blinding everyone with the moon I got some helping hands and moved the telescope to the opposite side of the house, facing north east. Here I took a few minutes to find the Andromeda Galaxy. My audience was made up of some smart folk, and even though the galaxy appeared as a faint white fuzzy, the fact that it was another galaxy was not lost on them.

My first view of Andromeda this year.

The core is easily visible with diffuse nebulosity filling the eyepiece.

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