M31 – The Great Andromeda Galaxy
This is one of the night skies real gem’s – Messier Object 31, also known as the Andromeda Galaxy. This is one of the closest galaxies to our own Milky Way and it is estimated M31 lies roughly 2.5 million light years from us.
The Andromeda Galaxy can be seen as a very faint fuzzy patch when looking at it through binoculars and I really urge you to see if you can find it – just think when you do, you are looking at light that has been travelling through space for over 2 million years.
This is a single 10 minute exposure taken from the Kielder star camp in 2008 – images with a 350d and a ZS66 scope.
It also won image of the month in Sky at night magazine, something I am very proud of!