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    Default First sighting of Andromeda Galaxy



    Hi all,

    I think I may have had my first sighting of the Andromeda Galaxy :-) I only know a few constellations but managed to find my way around using my trusty iPad, and found the area I should be looking in, so I scanned the area with my finder scope and found a hazy elliptical patch, then looked through my scope and saw what I believe was Andromeda. Surprisingly it didn't look as impressive as I thought! it didn't seem very bright, so I may have saw a nebula instead. I can imagine it would look better if I took a long exposure photo of it. Anyway just thought I would share, I can now add the square of Pegasus to my constellation list now :-)

    Viewing with a Skywatcher 10" Dob :-)

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    Default Re: First sighting of Andromeda Galaxy

    Congratulations! It sure sounds like you saw it. It is a bit underwhelming if you were expecting it to look like the photos. Still, pretty impressive when you think about what it is you are looking at.
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    Default Re: First sighting of Andromeda Galaxy

    Hi Melissa,
    Nice and great report, Download Stellarium, it's a free software and it's very useful

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    Default Re: First sighting of Andromeda Galaxy

    I agree with Keith, sounds like you nailed it. Darker skies will also improve the view but it still won't look like the photos. If I may, your next stop should the The Great Nebula in Orion.
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    Default Re: First sighting of Andromeda Galaxy

    I've been to the Great Orion Nebula I saw it on my first night. I'd quite like to see the Horsehead Nebula, I should be able to see it with a 10" I would have thought? :-)

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    Default Re: First sighting of Andromeda Galaxy

    Quote Originally Posted by MelissaPhillips View Post
    I've been to the Great Orion Nebula I saw it on my first night. I'd quite like to see the Horsehead Nebula, I should be able to see it with a 10" I would have thought? :-)
    Not sure about the Horsehead Nebula but you should be able to see the Ring Nebula in Lyra, which is pretty easy to find. In addition to Stellarium, already mentioned, if you don't have it get a copy of Turn Left at Orion. It is an excellent guide to find interesting objects to observe.
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    Default Re: First sighting of Andromeda Galaxy

    Melissa, that's terrific m31 is one of my favs. The more you view the more you'll see, it's a whole sea of worlds up there.Be sure to keep us posted of your progress . Once your familiar with your scope and sky , objects will be everywhere and your eyes will be opened to the life of the universe.

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    thanks for that great report - Andromeda is a real thrill to view

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    Default Re: First sighting of Andromeda Galaxy

    Hi Melissa. It sure sounds like you got the Great Andromeda Galaxy. It looks like you are starting to add a few objects to your list of observed sights. This is a great thrill to keep finding new objects to your list, and finding new ones. Soon, you may be wanting to attempt the M30 Award achievement. Thanks so much for your fun read report, and keep looking up.
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    Hi all,

    I currently use Night Sky 2 on my iPad to get around the skies, but I have stellarium on my desktop for reference, as Night Sky 2 doesn't seem to show Nebula, or galaxies etc, just stars and planets.
    I definitely felt quite pleased that I found it, especially as the only constellations I know are Orion and the Plough, I also know Pleiades star cluster and can pick out planets
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