Spiral Galaxy in Andromeda

Uploaded 12/17/2000

The huge edge on spiral in Andromeda does not fit the relatively small 9 arcminute field of the shot below, however, a wealth of details can be seen in the central dust lane cutting across its face. The two faint stars in a pair that are about an inch and a half to the lower right of the nucleus that point back at the galaxies center are 15.5 magnitude each, and are 5 arcseconds apart suggesting star images of about 2 - 3 arc seconds in size. The small galaxy to the upper left of center along the galaxies edge is not plotted on either Megastar or Guide 7 atlases.

Instrument:  12.5" f/5 Newtonian
CCD Camera:  SBIG237
Exposure:  4x5mins
Filters:  None
Location:  Payson, Arizona
Elevation:  5150 ft.
Sky:  Seeing 8/10, Transparency 9/10
Temperature:  25 F

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