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    So I finally got a semi-decent view of M31, despite the light pollution in my area. Even dim it's an amazing sight when you realize what you're looking at and how huge and far away it is compared to the individual stars that are also in view. Saw a lot of cool stuff last night but M31 took the cake.
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    Congratulations! M31 is indeed a fantastic sight to observe.

    For extra coolness factor: see if you can spot it with your naked eye. You'll need a dark sky. There are other galaxies visible in a telescope that are farther away (M31 is our closest neighbour) but it is the farthest object you can see with the naked eye.

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    Congratulations! Contemplating what you are seeing can be mind-boggling. Did you happen to see M32 nearby?

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    Glad you appreciated what you were looking at..
    So many people kind of look disappointed afterwards. However as you said...when you really think about what you are actually seeing with your own eyes...makes a difference.
    Wait until you see it from a dark location someday.
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    Nice work. M31 is probably my favorite object in the sky.
    As mentioned above, it's great that you are appreciating what you are seeing instead of ranting about what you are not seeing.
    On clear enough nights it's possible to make out dust lanes.
    Very soon I should be able to get some decent views.

    The next New moon (August 28th), Andromeda will be up at a more decent hour. I can't wait to check it out in my Z12 for the first time.
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    Congratulations!! M31 Is always one of my Favorite deep sky target. It may be like a fuzzy light patch but the fact that in just a fuzzyness there are one trillion suns that is remarkable.
    I hope you get the chance to see many more galaxies and be under darker skies.
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    Nice work, thanks for the report. I only started this hobby 12 month ago and can't believe how much I have seen, or imaged, the universe is truly amazing

    Clear skies.

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    M-31 is awesome.remember that the amount of water vapor in the air can definately affect your viewing.Too much can scatter the light from nearby cities masking that inky black night sky we love with a greyish tinge.Transparency can definately make or break it with M-31 in PA.
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    Thanks guys!

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    Congratulations! M31 is indeed a fantastic sight to observe.

    For extra coolness factor: see if you can spot it with your naked eye. You'll need a dark sky. There are other galaxies visible in a telescope that are farther away (M31 is our closest neighbour) but it is the farthest object you can see with the naked eye.
    I really did try to see it without the scope but the skies where I live aren't the greatest when it comes to light pollution unfortunately and I couldn't make it out despite knowing exactly where to look. There's a place I can drive that's about 45 mintues away that would offer me a much better chance but it's tough to get myself motivated to make the trip after working for 10 hours.

    Did you happen to see M32 nearby?
    I did! I wish I had compiled a list of objects that I was looking at. It was a pretty productive night.
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    congratulations on your view of Andromeda.
    seeing that beauty with your eyes is very rewarding.
    when I image her I use the binoculars and sometimes get a kink in my neck because its hard to look away
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