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djpaul

Finding Andromeda Galaxy

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djpaul    15
djpaul

Hi All

 

If all is clear tonight at midnight im hoping to find the Andromeda Galaxy 

Although im sure i might have problems with the moon being full

Would i still be able to view it with my scope ?

 

Paul

 

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Ron Clarke    308
Ron Clarke

Not till much later as it's too near the Moon at the moment but midnight should be OK. Check on Stellarium..

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djpaul    15
djpaul

Hi

 

Yes i have checked and it should be high in the south at midnight i think

 

Paul

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Brantuk    419
Brantuk

Take a line from Markab through Alphertaz in the Great Square of Pegasus and project it past Alphertaz. Take another line in the direction pointed by the arrow in the pointy end of Cassiopeia through Schedar.

Where the two imaginary lines cross you'll find Andromeda just to the right of their intersection. Pan around a bit and you'll see a faint oval smudge with a slightly brighter center. Can't miss it in bins - dead obvious - even more so in a scope. Hth :)

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Tweedledee    1,583
Tweedledee

I've just had a look at it in 8x42's and 15x70's but it is not much to look at with the supermoon below it. It'll hardly be any better at midnight as the moon will still be roughly in the same place relative to the galaxy.

 

Have a go now, but you've picked the worst night of the month to see it due to the moon. It will look much better by the middle to end of this week when the moon is waning and out of the way.

 

Good luck.

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djpaul    15
djpaul

Hi Pete

 

Yes i realise that 

Also it has become cloudy now 

I will try later this week

 

Paul

 

 

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Tweedledee    1,583
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If you can locate 2nd mag Mirach then 4th mag mu Andromedae four degrees above (a bit more than half the average binocular field) then M31 is just 3.5 degrees above mu on the exact straight line through Mirach and mu...

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djpaul    15
djpaul

Hi Pete 

Thats really helpful

If i manage to find it at the end of the week i will let you know

Many thanks

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Bino-viewer    460
Bino-viewer

I had a look earlier through the Newt.

I found it ok. But it looked very dim.

 

Then i realised i'd left a neutral density filter in the bino......:facepalm:

 

Despite the moon, i could see M32 and M110 easily. But not M33 though.

 

Just 3 targets tonight. Lunar, Andromeda and the Pleiades. Naked eye spotting of The Pleiades was a challenge in itself.

I took a few images of Lunar, fiddled about with the collimation, then called it a night.

 

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Sunny Phil    250
Sunny Phil

I can usually make out the centre even when the Moon is bright but I agree that it's usually best to wait until it is out of the way.

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Big Al    104
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The week before last I was up in the Lake District and - for the first time ever - managed to find Andromeda with naked eyes. It looked pretty good in the 7x50 Zeiss binos as well. Add to that a spectacular milky way, plus a few Orionids and in made for a worthwhile 15 minute clear session. sadly, it was the only time I saw anything that week.

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Sunny Phil    250
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Well done, Big Al. It's a hard "pot". Best I've heard of is M81 but it was at altitude.

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