M31, Andromeda Galaxy [explored]

You all know this one ... Andromeda is the nearest large galaxy to the Milky Way (approx 2.5 million ly away), and similar to ours in size and structure. It's huge -- even at that distance it appears about 6 full moons across.


M31 is so bright that it can be seen with the naked eye from dark skies, and I regularly catch it through binoculars even from downtown Toronto.


She also has a couple of companion galaxies -- M32 is the small one above it, and M110 is the elliptical one below it.


All of the (non-galaxy) stars in this field are part of our Milky Way, and relatively nearby -- positioned between us and the distant galaxies. Think of it as if you're looking through snowflakes at a distant object.


Details for astronerds:


L:R:G:B combine (minutes) = 80:25:25:35

FSQ-85 and STL11000M

Taken from dark skies near Havelock, Ontario, Canada on August 6, 2010.


Thanks for looking,


  • Adam Evans PRO 5y

    Wow, I'm really humbled by all this attention, many thanks for the kind comments!
  • Soleil is me. PRO 5y

    Beautiful Galaxy:)

    Your image is the exquisite by your great talent to captured/treatment..

    Honor to invite you to be happy at:-


    The door of wisdom are<br>never shut but seldom opened.

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  • Healed By Art 5y

    Very beautiful, it draws one towards the center.
  • greenie11* 5y

    This is a wonderful shot!

    Seen at the group:
  • Renzo 5y

    very good colors :)
  • samuele 5y

    Amazing FOV! Very sharp: good work!
  • PAk DocK 5y

    I really like the light, the idea, the fine composition....congratulations
  • Adam Evans PRO 5y

    Thanks again everyone!
  • Stéphane PRO 5y

    Great work ! Congratulations !
  • Wardie44B 5y

    Terrific shot, write_adam! What equipment did you use?
  • Brad Kennedy 5y

    Incredible contrast. One of the best I've seen
  • Adam Evans PRO 5y

    Thanks all!

    Wardie44B, I used a Takahashi FSQ-85 'scope and SBIG STL11000, mounted on a Skywatcher EQ6 mount. Total exposure time was 80:25:25:35 minutes (clear, red, green, blue respectively).
  • Kate Chaston PRO 5y

    Wow It seems a lot of time to take 1 photo, but I can see why! This is an absolutely stunning picture and humbling too. It reminds me of how small and insignificant we all are... but so fantastic that someone - you - are able to capture just a small part of the bigger picture!!! :o)
  • Adam Evans PRO 5y

    Many thanks Kate for the kind words! You summed up a lot of my feelings about astrophotography ... it is indeed humbling to record light that is 2.5 million years old (in the case of Andromeda anyway), and this hobby always reminds me how small and fortunate we are to be here for our brief blink.
  • Kate Chaston PRO 5y

    Thanks for your comments too - this photo gave me goosebumps - so it's now a fave!!! ;o)
  • Mitch Arsenault 5y

    Kool i live in Northern Ontario near Timmins , clear dark skies to you ...
  • Giovanni Paglioli 5y

    Wow, first time that I see Your remarkable works! Very nice images man. If I can say something about Your Andromeda, I would have liked just less contrasty about colors (just too much saturation Vs integration) and too much efforts on the arms Vs the core. This is just my two cents on a very remarkable image, my compliments again.

    Ciao da JOE
  • Fitri Andria 3y

  • Mark Seibold 3y

    Beautiful image Adam! Did I miss the technical specs here? Can you indicate your equipment used to photograph the galaxy? Telescope size, camera, etc? Thanks again. - Mark Seibiold- Artist-Astronomer, Portland Oregon
  • Guss De Blöd 2y

    Just photographied it yesterday with a standard 5 years old reflex camera with the standard 18-55mm lens on a 20$ tripod... strangely it doesn't look the same :D
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