M31/32/NGC205 - The Andromeda Galaxy

The Andromeda Galaxy is the closest galaxy to our Milky way galaxy and is roughly 2.5 million light years away.  It can be seen with the naked under dark sky conditions, which makes it one of the most distant objects visible without optical aid.

The galaxy is a popular object for astrophotographers. Recording the entire galaxy in one image will require a focal length of  about 500-800mm.  It can be found in the constellation of Andromeda.  This image shows the object's location:

 

When viewed through the finder scope or binoculars one can see the companion galaxies as well

This photograph was taken using a modified Canon T3i set at ISO 800 and a six-inch F-5 reflector.  The resultant image is a stack of ten five-minute exposures.

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