Andromeda Galaxy


The Andromeda Galaxy /ænˈdrɒmɨdə/ is a spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million light-years (2.4×1019 km) from Earth in the Andromeda constellation. Also known as Messier 31, M31, or NGC 224, it is often referred to as the Great Andromeda Nebula in older texts. The Andromeda Galaxy is the nearest spiral galaxy to our Milky Way galaxy, but not the nearest galaxy overall. It gets its name from the area of the sky in which it appears, the constellation of Andromeda, which was named after the mythological princess Andromeda. The Andromeda Galaxy is the largest galaxy of the Local Group, which also contains the Milky Way, the Triangulum Galaxy, and about 44 other smaller galaxies.

Telescope / lens shooting: Orion ED80 F7.5 Orion ED80
Camera to capture: Canon Rebel T3 Canon
Mount: Celestron Advanced VX Celestron
Program: DeepSky Stacker 3.3.4 DSS 3.3.4, O’Telescope BackyardEOS, AstroTortilla, Starry Night Pro, Photoshop CS 3 Photoshop cs3, PHD2 Guiding
Resolution: 4290×2856
Dates: November 27, 2014
Frames: 40×300 ”
Accumulation: 3.3 hours
Avg. Age of the Moon: 4.76 days
Avg. Phase of the Moon: 23.52%
RA Centre: 10.669 degrees
DEC center: 41.146 degrees
Pixel scale: 1,772 coal. sec / pixel
Direction: -67.679 degrees
The radius of the field: 1,269 degrees

Author: briandiaz08

Astrofoto of the day from SPONLI, 08.12.2014