Andromeda Galaxy (M31) '2008

M31 Canon 350D Sergi Verdugo 2008

Exposure: 18x300" @ ISO 800
Telescope: William Optics Megrez 88FD with Baader MPCC
Filter: Hutech IDAS LPS 2"
Mount: Meade LXD-75 Autostar
Camera: Modded Canon 350D
Date: 28th November 2008
Location: El Montseny (Barcelona)
Comments: This was my first shot at the field with the refractor William Optics Megrez 88FD. The conditions were not the best, there were intermitent high clouds. It was a cold night.

The Andromeda Galaxy is a spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million light-years away in the constellation Andromeda. It is also known as Messier 31, M31, or NGC 224, Andromeda is the nearest spiral galaxy to us. It is one of the farthest objects visible to the naked eye, and can be seen even from urban areas with binoculars. Andromeda is the largest galaxy of the Local Group, which consists of the Andromeda Galaxy, the Milky Way Galaxy, the Triangulum Galaxy, and about 30 other smaller galaxies. Although the largest, Andromeda may not be the most massive, as recent studies suggest that the Milky Way contains more dark matter and may be the most massive in the group.