• "date": "desembre 31, 2017"
  • "title": "Andrómeda – Aleix Roig"
Andrómeda - Aleix Roig

The Andromeda galaxy, also catalogued as M31, is maybe the furthest object that can be seen naked eye, with the exception of M33 under pristine skies and exceptional eyes. This spiral galaxy lays around 2,5 million light years away from us. Because of its size and distance from our Milky Way, Andromeda is approaching us at a speed of 110 km/second (being a blue shifted galaxy). In a ""near future"" both galaxies will collide creating a new super galaxy, the Milkomeda.
In the following image, taken from my home observatory in Prades (Catalonia, Spain) you can see M31 and its two galaxy satellites, M32 (the closer to M31) and M110 (with some detail on its structure). Halpha filter has been used to enhance the HII regions.

Image details:

Luminance: 98x300""
RGB: 30x300"" each channel
Halpha: 20x600""

All the images are taken at bin1 0Gain and -20ºC. Already calibrated with darks and bias.

Total exposure: 19h

Equipment:

FSQ85
Mesu 200
ASI1600MM-C + ZWO OAG with ASI174MC + ZWO EFW 8 pos

Software:

SGP, PHD2, Pixinsight.

Prades - Catalonia, Spain. 3 year project 2017-2020.