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    Default Re: Still Having Trouble Finding Andromeda



    Totally agree with the binocular comments. A pair of binoculars can really facilitate scouting the area of your target for star hopping purposes. And, they are a lot of fun to use while sitting in a comfy patio or lawn chair and just looking up.

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    Default Re: Still Having Trouble Finding Andromeda

    It may be a matter of expectations and light pollution. You might be looking in the right place and not recognizing it.

    Light pollution will make funding any faint fuzzy object more difficult. If you can get to a dark site, it will be much easier.

    If you are expecting to see something that looks like the photos, you will be disappointed. It looks nothing like the photos. It will look like a small thin fuzzy cloud. It is so fuzzy that you might have a hard time recognizing that something is there at all, especially with light pollution. With averted vision you should be able to recognize that it has an elliptical shape. Under exceptionally dark skies, you might be able to make out a dust lane.

    [edit]Ha! I posted about a minute too late. Glad you found it!
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    Default Re: Still Having Trouble Finding Andromeda

    Quote Originally Posted by SuitedHound View Post
    Thank you so much guys! I finally found it, thought it looks like a smudge (probably because of it being a full moon + in a city) but either way thanks a bunch!
    Aha! You expected Hubble quality image with spirals and everything, didn't you?

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    Default Re: Still Having Trouble Finding Andromeda

    Quote Originally Posted by SuitedHound View Post
    Thank you so much guys! I finally found it, thought it looks like a smudge (probably because of it being a full moon + in a city) but either way thanks a bunch!
    Sweet! Congratulations! Especially with the full Moon!

    Try it again when the Moon is not in play, and see what additional detail you can pick out. And, look for M32 and M110 in the same FOV of a low power eyepiece.

    Well done!
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