M31 Wide Field
Copyright 2011
Larry Phillips
M31, The Andromeda Galaxy, in the constellation Andromeda, Cataloged as NGC 224

Spiral Galaxy

This galaxy can be see in a reasonably dark site with the naked eye - making it the most remote object visible without the aid of a telescope or binoculars.

This image is similar to the one taken with the ST-2000XM but with a wider field. It shows companion dwarf elliptical galaxies M32 (right) and M110 (lower left just partially visible).

Distance: Estimated at 2.9 million light years away and 250,000 light years across

Camera: Canon DSLR 350D with a Hutech modification
Telescope: Astrophysics Starfire 130 EDT F8
Mount: Losmandy G11 with Gemini Control
Images: Exposure data lost unguided 3 minute exposures
Date: 2005
Software: Camera control - ImagesPlus, further processing in Photoshop CS2.