M31, Andromeda Galaxy [explored]

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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,

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  1. write_adam 57 months ago | reply

    Wow, I'm really humbled by all this attention, many thanks for the kind comments!

  2. Soleil is me. 57 months ago | reply

    Beautiful Galaxy:)

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

    Honor to invite you to be happy at:-


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  3. Healed By Art [deleted] 57 months ago | reply

    Very beautiful, it draws one towards the center.

  4. greenie11* 57 months ago | reply

    This is a wonderful shot!

    Seen at the group:

  5. sedo_5 57 months ago | reply

    very good colors :)

  6. samu.zamu 57 months ago | reply

    Amazing FOV! Very sharp: good work!

  7. @PAkDocK / www.pakdock.com 57 months ago | reply

    I really like the light, the idea, the fine composition....congratulations

  8. write_adam 57 months ago | reply

    Thanks again everyone!

  9. Close2Far 57 months ago | reply

    Great work ! Congratulations !

  10. Wardie44B 57 months ago | reply

    Terrific shot, write_adam! What equipment did you use?

  11. brad.kennedy 57 months ago | reply

    Incredible contrast. One of the best I've seen

  12. write_adam 57 months ago | reply

    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).

  13. katecphtank 57 months ago | reply

    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)

  14. write_adam 57 months ago | reply

    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.

  15. katecphtank 57 months ago | reply

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

  16. RCFMitch 56 months ago | reply

    Kool i live in Northern Ontario near Timmins , clear dark skies to you ...

  17. Johnny Paglioli 56 months ago | reply

    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

  18. markscosmiclight 35 months ago | reply

    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

  19. Guss De Blöd 21 months ago | reply

    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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