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    Default Re: First Andromeda Sighting!



    I thought I found Andromeda, but I'm beginning to wonder what I have found. I'm using a Skyscanner 100mm with a 2x barlow and a 20mm eyepiece. What I'm finding is very faint and almost disappears when I switch to a 6mm eyepiece. It looks like a horizontal eraser mark and is in the vicinity of where Andromeda should be. What makes me wonder is that what I'm seeing is different than what every one is describing in this thread.
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    Default Re: First Andromeda Sighting!

    I had my first Andromeda sighting a little while ago. Living in the western suburbs, the eastern sky has quite a bit of LP to about 40 degrees above the horizon. On top of that, I have a row of trees on the eastern edge of my backyard so I've been patiently waiting for M31 to be high in the sky at a decent hour in the late evening.

    This morning at 5am when I let the dogs out, I thought to myself, why don't I grab the binoculars considering it's still night and the smoke haze has finally subsided. My eyes were anything but dark adapted so I couldn't see it with my naked eye, but found it star hopping from Mirach. While I couldn't make out any detail with the binoculars, it was bright enough where I am encouraged I'll be able to make some out once I get the Z10 on it. As an added bonus at my latitude, it comes within a handful of degrees of the zenith during the night.

    Finally, just before I went inside, I turned to my left (to the south) and saw Orion, a guy I haven't seen since spring. It was like a shot of B12 seeing him.

    I also tried to find M33 in the limited time I had before twilight and getting ready for work, but didn't have any luck. Is that an object I should be able to see in a pair of 12x60s?
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    Default Re: First Andromeda Sighting!

    Quote Originally Posted by StanleyJenkins View Post
    I also tried to find M33 in the limited time I had before twilight and getting ready for work, but didn't have any luck. Is that an object I should be able to see in a pair of 12x60s?
    I have seen M33 with 10x50s from my backyard. You need all the contrast you can get though, and poor transparency illuminated by sky glow and LP can easily shut this galaxy down.

    You are watching for a very diffuse, broad oval patch marked by a very slight uptick in the light level. It certainly does not stand out like M31.
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    Default Re: First Andromeda Sighting!

    M33 is a lot harder to find and view than M31 Andromeda is a lot brighter and much easier to find as a result.

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    The first time I saw M31 was last year in late august on a campsite at the North Sea coast in Germany. The sky was so dark I could see M31 with my naked eyes. It was a truely great experience. And later that night I saw a green glowing meteor burst into 3 pieces. That really blew my mind.

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    Andromeda, from a very dark place, and a perfect night - you can make it with the naked eye ( and most nights, with small binos).
    M51, even with my 15*70 Revelation, even on a perfect night - no way. It takes at least a 150mm (I never made it with my 114mm and made it loud and clear on the 200mm)
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    Yup. I recently saw Andromeda for my first time too, and the feeling still hasn't left me. It's absolutely amazing!
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