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Object: M33 Constellation: Triangulum Distance: 2.3 Million Light-Years Magnitude: 5.7 Comments: M33, the Pinwheel Galaxy, also known as the Triangulum Galaxy is a face-on galaxy approximately 2.3 Million Light-Years distant. It can be seen in binoculars as a faint glow as its light is spread out over a large field of view. M33 is a member of the local group of galaxies and is the thrid largest at approximately 50,000 light-years in diameter. it is thought to be a satellite galaxy to M31, the Andromeda Galaxy. Its galactic arms appear turbulent with many HII regions glowing in red, and hot young blue star clusters. For a more detailed description of this object see Rob Gendler's essay HERE Date: September 2005 Place: Asheville, NC Exposure Details: LRGB: 240:60:60:60 at, Lumincance unbinned; RGB binned 2 Processing: Processed using Registar, Maxlm, and Photoshop CS Optics: 12.5" RCOS Truss RC Focal Length: 2122 at f6.8 Mount: Paramount ME Camera: ST-10XME Focuser: RCOS Guiding: Internal chip Filters: Tru-Balance LRGB 1 1/4"

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