M33 – Triangulum Galaxy (Wide-field)

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M33 gets its name from the Triangulum constellation in which it can be found.  At magnitude 5.7, it can be seen with the naked eye under the right conditions and is located about 3 million light years away — slightly farther than the larger and more prominent neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy, and quite a bit smaller, too — about 40 … Read More

M31 – Andromeda Galaxy

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The Andromeda Galaxy is one of the most impressive galaxies to observe because of its size and distance — only about 2.5 million light years.  While comparative sizes have changed over the years, recent data suggests the Andromeda Galaxy is only slightly larger than the Milky Way in total mass, but contains about 1 trillion stars compared to our 200 … Read More

M51 – The Whirlpool Galaxy

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M51, named the Whirlpool Galaxy, is one of the most recognized galaxies in the sky, mainly due to its interaction with NGC5195, a dwarf galaxy that likely passed through M51.  A tidal bridge of dust can be seen between the two, formed by their interaction. This was one of the first astrophotos taken and while my equipment and technique have … Read More