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Taken 2-Jan-11
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Category:Scenic
Subcategory:Night Sky
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Keywords:M32
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Dimensions3720 x 2640
Original file size3.41 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceUncalibrated
Date taken2-Jan-11 21:08
Date modified10-Jun-11 21:09
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera model40D Modified
ISO speedISO 1600
Messier 32 & 31

Messier 32 & 31

About this Object:
Messier 32 (also known as NGC 221 and Le Gentil) is a dwarf elliptical galaxy about 2.65 million light-years away in the constellation Andromeda. M32 is a satellite galaxy of the famous Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and was discovered by Le Gentil in 1749. M32 measures only 6.5 ± 0.2 kly in diameter at the widest point. Like most elliptical galaxies, M32 contains mostly older faint red and yellow stars with practically no dust or gas and consequently no current star formation. It does, however, show hints of star formation in the relatively recent past.

About this Photo:
Date(s): January 2, 2011
Location: From my driveway in Georgetown, Texas
Telescope: Celestron C9.25 @ F6.5
Mount: HEQ-5
Guiding: Orion StarShoot AutoGuider / Taurus Tracker III OAG
Camera: Canon 40D Modified
Filter: Astronomik CLS
Exposure: 8 x 60s + 8 x 120s + 8 x 180s @ ISO1600 (48 Min total)
Acquisition: ImagesPlus 3.75 Camera Control
Processing: ImagesPlus 3.75 – Darks,Flats,Bias
Post-processing: Adobe Photoshop CS3; Gradient Exterminator; Noise Ninja; Noel Carboni's Tools; Temperature(s): 40º F