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    Default What am I Seeing near Andromeda?



    Can someone let me know what I am seeing near Andromeda. There is a "galaxy" or "glob" in the upper left quadrant of my view (30mm EP). I have a dobs so everything is flipped. M110 in reality, is in that location but through my scope M110 is in the lower right quadrant.
    This is about the same distance as M110 from Andromeda but realistically this would be SE from Andromeda. Stellarium doesn't show anything. Even in my LP location this is easy to see but I can't figure out what it is.
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    Default Re: What am I Seeing near Andromeda?

    Sounds like M32 to me, John. M32 is a little cotton ball and looks rather like a globular cluster. M110 is pretty much opposite and is a faint ephemeral oval cloud with a slightly condensed core.
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    Default Re: What am I Seeing near Andromeda?

    Defintely M32. M110 is actually quite reasonable distance from the core of M31 so usually needs a small maneuver of the scope to see it while M32 normally falls in the same FOV of M31.
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    Default Re: What am I Seeing near Andromeda?

    If you recheck Stellarium with DSO's enabled, you should be able see M31, M32 and M110 all together.
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    Default Re: What am I Seeing near Andromeda?

    You mean like this?

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    Default Re: What am I Seeing near Andromeda?

    Quote Originally Posted by My 2 Stars View Post
    Can someone let me know what I am seeing near Andromeda. There is a "galaxy" or "glob" in the upper left quadrant of my view (30mm EP). I have a dobs so everything is flipped. M110 in reality, is in that location but through my scope M110 is in the lower right quadrant.
    This is about the same distance as M110 from Andromeda but realistically this would be SE from Andromeda. Stellarium doesn't show anything. Even in my LP location this is easy to see but I can't figure out what it is.
    If you are seeing M110 perhaps the LP is not as bad as you suspect
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    Default Re: What am I Seeing near Andromeda?

    Quote Originally Posted by KT4HX View Post
    You mean like this?

    M31_35PS13s800c copy.jpg
    To the OP: Remember that, through the eyepiece, you can't see most of M31, only the core. So M32 looks farther away than it does in photos. In photos, it overlaps the disk of M31. In the eyepiece, it is a fair distance away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithBC View Post
    To the OP: Remember that, through the eyepiece, you can't see most of M31, only the core. So M32 looks farther away than it does in photos. In photos, it overlaps the disk of M31. In the eyepiece, it is a fair distance away.
    I suspected that it might be M32 but felt that it should be closer. Your explanation makes sense.

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    Default Re: What am I Seeing near Andromeda?

    Quote Originally Posted by KeithBC View Post
    To the OP: Remember that, through the eyepiece, you can't see most of M31, only the core. So M32 looks farther away than it does in photos. In photos, it overlaps the disk of M31. In the eyepiece, it is a fair distance away.
    That is relative to your LP levels. At our dark site, M31 does reach out and encompasses M32. In fact, M31 tends to slightly mute M32 so that M110, which has more separation appears visually brighter. But under the majority of cases what Keith says is true, that you will see separation between M31 and M32, which is exactly what I see at home. The image I posted was only for positional comparison based on your description.
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    Default Re: What am I Seeing near Andromeda?

    Quote Originally Posted by MG1692 View Post
    If you are seeing M110 perhaps the LP is not as bad as you suspect
    My mistake. I was seeing M32. But even so at Mag 8, yes it was easy to spot. That night I had an unusual Above Avg in Seeing and Trans.
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