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Re: Andromeda Galaxy...not what I expected.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 5:58 pm
by jjb2011
The "technical term" for galaxies is faint fuzzies, and for good reason !

JJB

Re: Andromeda Galaxy...not what I expected.

PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 10:20 am
by brhebert
Sounds like a very typical beginner's experience. My goals were to learn astrophotography, so I wasn't expecting too much from visual. I visited a friend who showed me M31 in his 11 inch Casegrain and I was able to see the dust lanes. Then I could find them in my 8", though at best they are very subtle. M 31, even with long exposure photographs can be difficult as it is a complex object with a very wide range of brightness. A good astrophotograph requires complex manipulation to get the outer detail while not over exposing the core.

Most of the deep sky objects like galaxies and nebula will be faint fuzzies at best. Try looking for globular clusters, they are spectacular and easy. M57 is fun, though visually it is still just a small, faint greenish ring. In the summer the area around Sagitarius is full of very interesting objects as well as being the center of our galaxy.

BH

Re: Andromeda Galaxy...not what I expected.

PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 1:34 pm
by Dion
Have to echo what has been said above, visually in a standard type sky, in the classification of DSO's the globular clusters always give the best bang for buck.

Re: Andromeda Galaxy...not what I expected.

PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 2:53 pm
by rhaAw
Hi guys, where are you getting these light pollution percentages from? Is there a lookup tool I can use?

Chris I know what you mean about mates reactions and lack of interest. Is there an astronomy society near you? If there is maybe you can get involved with them, someone might even drive near you.

Re: Andromeda Galaxy...not what I expected.

PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 4:39 pm
by Swamp Thing
When people describe it as a faint fuzzy visually. Could they then explain how it appears photographically........ still looks like a fuzzy blob to me ;) :lol:

Re: Andromeda Galaxy...not what I expected.

PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 11:05 pm
by Axeman002
Stanley guy here, There is a good Astro club in sunderland Chris, they meet at Washington wetlands, and have keys to dark sky sites like keilder and derwent reservoir, ive just got a 200PDS and awaiting clear skies to see andromeda also!

Re: Andromeda Galaxy...not what I expected.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 4:59 pm
by patthehorse
rhaAw wrote:Hi guys, where are you getting these light pollution percentages from? Is there a lookup tool I can use?

Chris I know what you mean about mates reactions and lack of interest. Is there an astronomy society near you? If there is maybe you can get involved with them, someone might even drive near you.


It's the Bortle scale.
Here's a link with the various scales of pollution to rate your night sky.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bortle_scale