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M31 the Andromeda Galaxy
Just gobsmacked, I've just come in from the garden after looking at Andromeda in my binoculars. You can actually make out the shape, its just amazing that its a whole other galaxy out there in deep space millions of light years away and I can see it from my garden!!
It looks like a fuzzy blob, the right hand point of the W of cassiopeia points to it. If you use averted vision the shape appears
Lovely clear night tonight
Well done! are you using a tripod with binoculars? I have never been able to hold binoculars steady enough for detailed observations with a tripod. I normally just use bino's for visual scam before the scope gets pointed at the target.
No Ray I'm not using a tripod, but I can see just how much better it would be with one. I was suprised just how good Andromeda looked, but yes I could get to study things properly with the Binos held still on a tripod rather than just glimpsing an object moving around the field of view.
So we see Andromeda as it was 2.5 million years ago, I suppose that means its real actual position now would be closer to us and maybe in a different position. As I hear it is travelling toward us, very strange. In other words the galaxy we see is as it was 2.5 million years ago, I wonder if it would look the same if we could see it as it is right now in present time
This was my image of M31, M32 & M110 Galaxies taken this morning from Birkrigg, Cumbria, it was a stunning sight at 01:00.
That is just an amazing image of M31, you can actually see the dark dust lanes very clearly. I had another look at M31 around the same time, a very clear night with the Milky Way right overhead.
I can also see why they call that other image the swan nebula
Great photos Ray
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