• M32
  • M110
  • NGC 206

Andromeda Galaxy

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The Andromeda Galaxy (M31) is one of the nearest galaxies in our local neighbourhood, and is visible to the naked eye from a dark site. Being so near, it also has a very large apparent size: the width of 6 full moons. The bright blue patch near the top left is designated NGC 206, and is a very large open cluster within M31. It has two satellite galaxies, M32 near the top left, and M110 near the bottom left.

The HII regions have been emphasized by layering an H-alpha exposure into the red and luminance channels.

This image was updated 18-October-2008. I gathered 3h45m worth of added luminance and blended with the original image, which helped me bring out some better contrast and detail in the central region.

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  1. jalalspages 60 months ago | reply

    fabulous shot

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Jalalspages Extra Terrestrial Album(Post1/Comment2), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  2. Mark Hellweg 60 months ago | reply

    Great shot with a nice treatment !

  3. Lilium.. 58 months ago | reply

    --- Greeting!

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  4. RedShafter [deleted] 54 months ago | reply


  5. Pedro Montebeller 51 months ago | reply

    The best shoot that i had seen!!!!

  6. Mangini Adalberto & Laura - sorry busy - few time 51 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Scenics & Wilderness (Admin Invite Only), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  7. Mangini Adalberto & Laura - sorry busy - few time 51 months ago | reply

    One of the best astropgoto never seen!

    Meeting at Nebrownii Waterhole

    Thanks for sharing your masterpiece here!
    *Scenics & Wilderness* Gallery (Invite Only)

  8. Ambropoetica07 50 months ago | reply

    One of my favorite images on flickr... It's just beautiful and humbling...
    I've been shooting for 30+years... just starting with the astro thing... and it's like going back to school.

    What's your opinion of the astrotrac trackers??? I'm shooting with a 70-200 f4 and also a 500mm nikon cat lens.

    C o n g r a t u l a t i o n s on all your work!!!


  9. John R Kerr 47 months ago | reply

    Excellent. I particularly liked the H-alpha layering

  10. marshmallow_cupcake [deleted] 44 months ago | reply

    Amazing image!

  11. BudgetAstro 34 months ago | reply

    Excellent image - well done! :)

  12. olideguzman 33 months ago | reply

    amazing shot! wish I could do this, too

  13. Monkey_Harris 31 months ago | reply

    Awesome image.

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