Category Archives: Galaxies

Astrophotography of Galaxies in the night sky

M33 The Triangulum Galaxy

M33 Triangulum Galaxy

M33 the Triangulum Galaxy is located about 14 degrees below the famous and great Andromeda galaxy M31. The easiest way to find M33 with binoculars is to start with M31 in the FOV then slowly follow the brighter stars down, past the double star Mirach by about 7 degrees and you’ll see a small faint […]

M81 and M82 Galaxies

M81 and M82 galaxies. Shawn Nielsen 2013

I’ve imaged the M81 and M82 galaxies before with other telescopes. These two neighbours form a striking pair in even small telescopes. Both are around 12-million light years away from Earth. Both are quite extraordinary in their own right. From the fantastic spiral structure and detail in M81 which harbours a 70-million solar masses supermassive […]

M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy

A very popular target of the late Winter and Spring night sky is the Whirlpool Galaxy; cataloged as Messier 51 (M51). It is visible in small telescopes and even binoculars. It resides in the constellation of Canes Venatici, the hunting dogs, which is near the Big Dipper. M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy is positioned not far […]

M31 The Andromeda Galaxy

Awarded – Skynews POW Contest Winner: 9th Annual. The M31 Andromeda Galaxy is visible with the naked eye away from city lights in darker areas on a clear night. Of course with the naked eye it doesn’t look like it does in photos, but rather a diffused, grey patch in the sky, and even more […]