M 31 (NGC 224)* Galaxy in Andromeda

Center of field at approximately: RA 00 hours 44 minutes 35 seconds, Dec +41 degrees 35 minutes 55 seconds

Size: 192' x 62 Magnitude: 4.4 blue Class: SA(s)b

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

14.5" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

  ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -20c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56

Image:

Lumicon Red filter, 810 minutes  (81 x 10 minute subs), 10/30/31 & 11/1/2013; seeing 3.0-5.0 FWHM per CCDStack

Processing:

CCDStack 2.75.4973.15338, Photoshop CS5.1

Location:

 Rolling Roof Observatory, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (+34d 13m 29s -118h 52m 20s)

Notes:* Since M 31 is so much larger than my field of view (~17' x 26'), I have to image it in sections. See this image more or less centered on the nucleus of M 31 ... also, see last years image of the M 32 region of M 31.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 224
NGC 0224 = M31 = U00454 = MCG +07-02-016 = CGCG 535-017 = PGC 02557
00 42 44.1 +41 16 08
V = 3.4;  Size 191x62;  SB = 13.5;  PA = 35d

17.5": the remarkable "Andromeda galaxy" is very bright, extremely large, very 
elongated 4:1 SW-NE, about 2.5? length.  Very large bright core containing a 
stellar nucleus using direct vision.  There are two black parallel dust lanes 
along the NW side of the core.  The galaxy extends beyond the star cloud N206 
located about 40' SW of the core.

- by Steve Gottlieb