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Andromeda Galaxy: This is Milky Way´s beautiful sister in space, 2.6 million light years(LY) away, about 160000 LY in diameter, a thousand billion stars. Intelligent beings within Andromeda would have a similar sight viewing Milky Way, our cosmic home. Like Milky Way Andromeda has a very bright core, in the very center of it one or probably two gigantic black holes. Dark dust bands surround the the core with star generating areas in the spiral arms.

This image shows the central part of the galaxy in fine detail.

The image was taken at the observatory of IAS at Hakos Farm in Namibia.


Object Andromeda Galaxy
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation M 031
Constellation Andromeda
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/3 in corrected primary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3 x 5min each RGB, Baader filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar on Schneider OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing MaxIm DL5, CCDStack, Photoshop. Color Code RGB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 3 Dec 2013
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