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Triangulum Galaxy: Andromeda, Milky Way and Triangulum Galaxy, which is about 3 million LY away, are the three big galaxies of our Local Group of Galaxies, which are gravitationally bound and will eventually probably merge to one gigantic galaxy. Within Triangulum Galaxy one can recognize many star generating regions besides dark dust bands and the spiral structure of the galaxy can also very well be recognized in this face-on view.

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

Object Triangulum Galaxy
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation M 033
Constellation Triangulum
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 Baader RGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar on Schneider OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop. Color Code RGB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 23 Nov 2011
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