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The Galaxies

I do not have a telescope with a focal length suitable for photographing the smaller more distant galaxies but here are a few of the larger ones including my favourite the Whirlpool.

M31 Andromeda

The Andromeda galaxy is the closest large galaxy to the Milky Way. (Our own galaxy) and probably the first object budding astrophotographers aim for, lying 2.5 million light years away from Earth

NGC2403 Spiral Galaxy

NGC 2403 - is a spiral galaxy spanning 80,000 lightyears across, located 10 million lightyears away. The galaxy can be found in the constellation Camelopardalis, close to the celestial north pole

M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy 

The Whirlpool is my favourite galaxy probably because it was the first decent image I managed to take, after Andromeda, with what was then, my first rudimentary kit. M51 is located 31 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Canes Venatici. The image is in fact of two galaxies, the other being NGC 5195, the orange/yellow galaxy, believed to have been passing M51 for over millions of years

NGC 6946 the Fireworks Galaxy

The Fireworks is an intermediate spiral galaxy. It is Located 25 million light years from Earth between Cygnus and Cepheus. Also in the picture is the open cluster NGC 6939.

NGC 2841

NGC 2903

M101 Pinwheel Galaxy

The Pinwheel Galaxy Messier is another spiral galaxy. Located 21 million light years from Earth it can be found in Ursa Major. Discovered in 1781 it was one of the final entries in the Messier Catalogue.

NGC 891

NGC 891 is an edge-on unbarred spiral galaxy about 30 million light-years away in the constellation Andromeda

NGC 1337

NGC 1337 is an unbarred galaxy in Eridanus. Located 55 million light years away. Pictured by me using limited my focal length ‘scope  it does not have the sparkle of other galaxy images.

M63 The Sunflower Galaxy

NGC 6946 The Fireworks Galaxy 2

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