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.
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.
A super Wide Angle View of our Sister Galaxy The Great Andromeda Spiral Galaxy. M31. M32, M110 Testing the Lens out at 105mm.. We are looking through millions of our own Milky Way stars to see another whole Island of Stars(Andromeda Galaxy)off in the distance 2.2 Million light years away!
The Bright Orange Star near Bottom is Mirach aka Beta Andromeda,
just above that is Mu Andromeda, and just below the Galaxy is Nu Andromeda. Surprisingly with the 105mm lens I was able to pick up the Ghost of Mirach, the bright little Elliptical Galaxy NGC-404.
Canon 6D DSLR & 105mm Lens, F5.6, ISO 1600, 247 second exposure.