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    Thanks for sharing! Andromeda is one of my favorites.
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    Took the binocs out again the other night, and despite a pretty bright moon, it was early enough in the evening that the western sky was still dark enough for me to find M31 again. It was a colder night too so caught a slightly more detailed view. Still very faint but distinct. Interesting how M31 appears tilted on its side. I could make out the galaxy's glowing center better this time. Sat and watched it a minute, thinking about the vast distance it is away. So exciting! I looked for M81, but never did find it, will keep trying. I can't wait for a moonless night to look at M31 again.
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    Default Re: First Andromeda Sighting!

    Hello and welcome to the forum,

    Congrats on Andromeda galaxy. With a full moon is probably the only galaxy that survives the horrible lunar glance .
    M51 in the other hand would be near impossible with the moon up there. I have seen it in both my 15x70 and 10x50 from Bortle 5 skies. In fact, I think it is easier to see with binoculars that with my telescope. Use averted vision to spot it and cover all your head with something dark to bring more contrast to the image. This is a sketch I made some time ago of M51. In the 10x50 it looks dimmer but basically the same smudge

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    Yea the second time I spotted M31, it was a very cold night, the details were pretty good, especially noting it's tilted shape, and the glowing center which was really cool to see clearly, despite being very faint still. But the moon was nearly full, and causing a lot of washout. I went out again a bit later that same night, hoping to see it again, but the moon was just too bright. So far M31 is the only galaxy I've been able to see, probably due to the moon cycle.

    The other galaxies on my list to find, are I still want to try and spot M51, because I know exactly where it should be just off the tip of Ursa Minor, and in the northern sky, it's low enough that it doesn't make me crane my neck to see lol. But so far haven't been able to find it. I know it should be face on too.

    I also hope to spot M33, which is much closer, so should be easier to find. And M81, but it's position is basically straight up in the sky, so harder to actually position to look for it, unless of course I laid down and looked up lol. But pretty thrilled that I've been able to find Andromeda!

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    Oops I meant Ursa Major..Yea M51 is in a perfect location for me to locate, right now the tip of Ursa Major has less moon interferance..I suspect I was scanning a bit low for it, and actually needed to look a bit higher up for it, but it may just be too faint with the moon out. 23 million light years is pretty far, but hoping to at least catch a glimmer.

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    Was lucky to get an early window before the moonrise last night, and wow, M31 was as brilliant as I've seen it. Best sighting yet, extremely bright, edge-on appearance, tilted on it's side, could make out both the glowing center of the galaxy and even some of the spiral arms in my 10x50 nikon! For the first time I could see just how massive m31 really is. Was really blown away. The moon rose later, so the galaxy grew fainter, but still very distinct. I also got a superb view of the Pleiades, one of my favorite Messier objects. Extremely bright, white hot star cluster. I can clearly see it with the naked eye, very distinct. As always, I look at Betelgeuse too, maybe it's just me, but it appears to fluctuate, some nights dimmer, some extremely bright, regardless of whether there's a moon or not. Last night, it appeared extremely bright, almost on par with Sirius. I'd love to see this star go supernova.

    I tried and tried to find m51, but just couldn't make it out. Maybe it's just too far away for 10x50 bins to pick up. I also tried to find m33, with no luck. M51 is my next target, determined to try and spot it.
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    Sounds like you are having lots of fun there!

    You will have easier time looking for galaxies when Moon is not around. In the mean time why not to try to find more of star clusters? They are not affected by Moon as much as galaxies. There are quite few bright and beautiful clusters from Messier list which are high in the sky now.
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    I'm fortunate to live in a rural area with little to no light pollution, save for the pesky moon! Last night before the moonrise, viewing conditions were amazing! I could see M31 in fairly sharp vivid detail. I almost thought I caught a very brief glimpse of M81, but I can't be sure. Regarding m51, it's in an ideal spot in the sky for me to observe, but even without the moon I could not see it yet. On my star charts, it looks to be quite large and obvious, so maybe it's a matter of magnification and distance. I'm pretty sure I've been looking in the right place for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starrynight7 View Post
    I'm fortunate to live in a rural area with little to no light pollution, save for the pesky moon! Last night before the moonrise, viewing conditions were amazing! I could see M31 in fairly sharp vivid detail. I almost thought I caught a very brief glimpse of M81, but I can't be sure. Regarding m51, it's in an ideal spot in the sky for me to observe, but even without the moon I could not see it yet. On my star charts, it looks to be quite large and obvious, so maybe it's a matter of magnification and distance. I'm pretty sure I've been looking in the right place for it.
    This is great! I need to drive 2 hours to get something close to dark skies. Anyway, all 110 Messier objects are observable with binos. You should be able to catch M51, at least the core. The core itself is small so it will appear as dim fuzzy star in 10x50. The chances are you already saw it just did not realize, since it does not look like Andromeda.
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    I love my 10x50 Nikons, they give me great FOV and clarity, pretty good magnification too within focus. One day I'd like to get a telescope, but not a big fan of cumbersome things, so have been thinking about trying a large monocular to see if I can get better magnification and clarity. What's a good handheld mono or binoculars I should maybe try for astronomy purposes? Preferably under 100 dollars, thanks!

 

 
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