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    As I suspected I wasn't able to fool many of you with how the Andromeda
    Galaxy looks much the Milky Way when seen close up and personal.

    The cluster I centered on is often seen in shots of the galaxy as a tiny
    star, sometimes the HII shows it as pink to the west of M32. Even the
    full image is too narrow angle to show the edges of the galaxy let alone
    M31.

    I'd picked up a few stars in the cluster in a previous image taken about
    5 years ago. Ever since I've tried unsuccessfully to resolve it until
    this short lived super night of August 29th UTC. Oh yes, it's name. It
    has several. In the "Atlas of the Andromeda Galaxy it is cluster C179.
    For those who've never heard of the Hodge atlas, it is on line at
    http://nedwww.ipac.caltech.edu/level..._contents.html

    C179 is one of the largest star clusters in an HII region in the galaxy.
    I especially liked the arc of blue stars above it. Is there some
    reason for this arc? Wish I knew. Was it created by radiation pressure
    from the core stars? Just a random pattern? I have no idea. That's
    what it attracts me. NED lists two catalog names for it MESSIER
    031:[BA64] 289 and MESSIER 031:[PAV78] 258. Though these refer to the
    HII region rather than the cluster. The Atlas mentioned above doesn't
    have a section for HII regions so apparently we need both to fully cover
    it. Both are part of the stellar association the atlas calls A22.

    I've prepared a partial annotated image using the designations in the
    atlas and NED when the atlas didn't include the object. C is a cluster,
    G a globular and A a stellar association. D is for dark nebula but I
    didn't include any of these in the annotated image. Since stellar
    associations are hard to identify I've not labeled many of them either.
    Both are rather vaguely defined so best seen using the atlas. C179 is
    on Chart 5
    http://nedwww.ipac.caltech.edu/level...as/Chart5.html. The
    image does extend into 3 as well. You can spend a day identifying all
    the features. The charts were rather small on my monitor and I had to
    blow them up to see them clearly. While most fuzzy blobs are identified
    on the atlas as globular and open clusters I've found several that
    aren't identified by either the atlas or NED. I put a question mark
    beside them. Not all globulars and open clusters are in the atlas, some
    I only found in NED. Those carry the NED designation. BOL stands for
    Bologna Globular Clusters. Why some aren't on the atlas I don't know,
    later data? MLA0469 is an HII region as is [PAV78]274 near it. Only
    the former is pink. The latter is associated with an open cluster which
    dominates my color data.

    Just like it is easy to get lost in the Milky Way you can get lost in
    M31 when the image scale is large enough. Having the needed seeing once
    in 5 years really makes me envious of those few imaging remotely from
    mountain tops where such seeing is routine. Seeing pinpoint stars at
    0.5" is a fantastic sight to this imager. I just wish the color data
    were up to that quality.

    Using NED I was also able to find a handful of very faint planetary
    nebula. All but one were close to the noise level making ID a bit
    uncertain so I've not listed but two of them, one quite bright on the
    left edge of the image. Think how bright it must be to be so easily
    seen over more than 2.5 million light years. Even C179 and its HII
    region must be a grand sight for those living within a few thousand
    light years of it in the galaxy.

    14" LX200R @ f/10, L=7x10'x1, RGB=4x10'x3, STL-11000XM, Paramount ME

    Rick
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    I goofed. I see the bright blue object I identified as a planetary is
    just what it appeared to be, a blue star. The planetary is lost in its
    glare on its left side. I see it in the raw data but not after adding
    my poor color data. That and stretching managed to hide it causing my
    error. The text below as been altered to reflect that. I cloned out
    the miss identification from the annotated image. The corrected image
    is attached.

    Sorry for the screw-up

    Rick

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