The Great Andromeda Galaxy, 



The Great Andromeda Galaxy

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: 80 mm Short Tube Refractor - Auto Guiding Orion

Imaging cameras: 450 Rebel Canon

Mounts: CG5 Equatorial Celestron

Guiding telescopes or lenses: 8" SCT GT Series Celestron

Guiding cameras: Star Shooter Autoguider Orion

Focal reducers: 6.3 Focal reducer Celestron

Software: 3.3.3 Beta 47, 3.82 and CS3 Deep Sky Stacker, Image Plus, Photoshop & Noel's Tools,

Dates:Oct. 6, 2010

Frames: 10x120" (20') ISO800

Integration: 20'

Avg. Moon age: 28.05 days

Avg. Moon phase: 2.46%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 5.00

Basic astrometry details job: 98723

Resolution: 700x550


The Andromeda Galaxy is a spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million light years from Earth in the Andromeda constellation. The Andromeda Galaxy is the nearest spiral galaxy to our Mikly Way galaxy, but not the closet galaxy overall. It gets its name from area of the sky in which it appears, the constellation of Andromeda, which was named after the mythological princess Andromeda. The Andromeda Galaxy is the largest galaxy of the Local Group, which also contains the Milky Way, the Triagulum Galaxy, and about 30 other smaller galaxies. Although the largest, the Andromeda Galaxy may not be the most massive, as recent finding suggest that the Miklly Way contains more dark matter and could be the most massive in the grouping. M31 is one of Charles messier's maany discovered in 1764.



The Great Andromeda Galaxy,