Wow! 2.5 million light years away and we can still see it in our night sky!
Last night was another clear night and pretty good sky conditions. Jupiter was over my right shoulder and no moon tonight. The Andromeda Galaxy is located near Pegasus the Great Square. Start with the bright star Alpheratz. Follow that star down to the left by two stars. Move up 2 stars by the star Nu Andromedae, the fuzzy glob is just down and to the left of it. In my backyard M31 comes up over the trees in the NE about an hour afterAstronomical twilight, when it is dark-dark.
Scanning the NE sky with binoculars, I found the fuzzy spot near the Big Box without too much trouble. I swung the "Dob" to that area and found the target in the finder scope. In the past, the Galaxy has been a lot sharper as seen through a scope. Our sky is not as dark as in past years and getting more polluted! The W shaped Cassiopeia was well up when I started after 9 pm. After viewing the Galaxy I swung the scope to view the Dragon Fly cluster. I found and viewed several open clusters while searching. Also along the way I spotted a few doubles. There are lots of things to see in Casseopeia but tonight NGC 457 eluded me, my legs gave out so I went in. I will catch that Dragon Fly another night.
The nights are getting longer....more time to explore and discover
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