The Galaxy (NGC224) in Andromeda: This Galaxy is 220,000 light-years across and is located some 2.3 million light-years away. Looking similar to our Milky Way galaxy that we live in, Andromeda is one of our closest galactic neighbors and a member of the Local Group of galaxies. All the stars you see in this photo are actually in the foreground (in our own galaxy), while the dust-like material you see is actually the combined light of billions of individual stars and nebula within Andromeda. The light that recorded this film image left Andromeda when the first humans called Homo Erectus evolved on earth over 2 million years ago!
This is a single 45 minute exposure using conventional slide film (Kodak E200). I used an old Olympus OM1 35mm film camera attached to a Meade LXD75 8" Schmidt Newtonian Telescope for a focal length of 812mm at f/4. While the mount automatically tracked the object, I hand guided corrections (to fix tracking errors) using another telescope attached to the main scope. For details on how you can capture the universe in brilliant color visit my website at Petes Astrophotography
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