Messier 31, the Great Andromeda Galaxy

M31, the Great Andromeda Galaxy is the nearest large galaxy to our home galaxy, the Milky Way. It is "only" about 2.2 million lights years away. Some dark dust lanes are visible in this image. The small fuzzy spot to M31's upper right is M110, a smaller companion galaxy to M31.

Date: September 8, 2002
Exposure: 60 minutes + 60 minutes
Lens: 200 mm Olympus @ f/8
Guiding: SBIG STV
Camera: Olympus OM-1
Film: Kodak Supra 400 (not hypered)
Scanned: Hewlett Packard S20
Processing: Two images combined in Registar. Adjusted curves in Adobe Photoshop 6.

 

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