Andromeda Galaxy

Observed:  Points: 50

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as of 08/20/2019 5:10 p.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 SkyMaster 15x70 Binoculars
50 points

Fairly easy to find, very large smudge, brighter in the center.

Andromeda Galaxy

Celestron 127eq
50 points

First time seeing out galactic neighbor. I had a hard time seeing it with my naked eye, but it certainly pops in my telescope. So pretty, and amazing to think how many stars and unseen worlds that bright smudge represents.

Got my new scope too late to see our galactic neighbor.

Andromeda Galaxy

Skywatcher Skyliner 300P Flextube
50 points

Part (4) of my first light report with he 12" dob: Next it was time for one of my favourites, M31. Quickly jumped to the right location and WHAM! So bright! My jaw probably hit the ground. And could this really be? Dust lanes? I lost track of time just admiring the galaxy.

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