Andromeda & Triangulum Constellations with Spirals! We are looking through all those Milky Way Stars to see our nearby sister Galaxies in the background.
The Milky Way’s Sister Galaxies M31 Andromeda Spiral Galaxy & M33 Spiral Galaxy in Triangulum, also visible are NGC752 Open Cluster, & M34 Open Cluster, on The far left edge in Cassiopeia are the Double Clusters & NGC-281 Pacman Nebula in Cassiopeia. Included is my Illustrated version to help you identify what is in the FOV.
Canon 6D DSLR & 47mm lens,F4.5, 20 minute exposure, Star Adventurer Tracking Mount.
Kenton, Oklahoma at the Okie-Tex Star Party on 09-26-2016.
Some of you may be familiar with the constellations or have read Greek Mythology or even have seen the Movie “Clash of the Titans” The Great Warrior Perseus while Riding his “Winged Horse” Pegasus rescues his love Princess Andromeda from the Kracken!
I captured the Constellations of Andromeda & The Great Square of Pegasus. You can also see M31 The Andromeda galaxy & M33 Spiral galaxy at the bottom left. Also picked up some natural Air glow (Faint Green)(Not Aurora) through the Great Square.
I included an illustrated Version so you can see the names of the major constellation stars, and M31 the Andromeda Galaxy & M33 the Triangulum Spiral galaxy.
I captured these images on 07-25-2015 with my Canon 6D DSLR & 24mm Lens @ F4, for a 6 minute exp. on a tracking mount at my observatories in JBSPO, Yellow Springs, Ohio.
If you look East after 1:00am you can see these two Constellations just above the Eastern Horizon all this month.
Into the Heart of the Beast! Ever wonder what is deep inside the bright Core of M31 The Andromeda Galaxy?
Here is my attempt to image past the overwhelming bright central glow of the Galaxy & to peak into the core to see all those dusty lanes, stars, & gas Spiraling into the central 100 million solar mass Black Hole.
The double nucleus, recently discovered by Hubble, was found not to be two black holes as some first speculated. The double nucleus is actually an elliptical ring of old reddish stars in orbit around the black hole,
When the stars are at the farthest point in their orbit they move slower, like cars piled up on a crowded freeway. This gives the illusion of a second nucleus.
I took 60 minutes worth of various short exposures ranging from 5 seconds to 2 minutes and layered them in Adobe to cut through the bright light to try to see the details in the core. I’ve been working on this on and off since Sept of 2014, and finally finished the processing last weekend.
M31 is Our Sister Galaxy, Closest spiral to us at 2.5 Million Light years away & contains over 1 trillion stars. M31 Andromeda is visible to the unaided eye from a dark location. M31 The Andromeda Galaxy and our Milky Way Galaxy
will experience a Galactic Collision in about 4 billion years.
Attached is an Image I captured with a QHY8 cooled Color CCD camera, and my Home-built 16″diameter Newtonian telescope, from my observatories at JBSPO in Yellow Springs, Ohio 09/19/2014.