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M33 Galaxy

M33 Galaxy

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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