Constellation tour in Autumn

Date & Time: Oct 11 2009, 20:52 to 21:17, 21:52 to 22:17 JST(+0900)
Mosaic of 2 images with 25min. exposed
Optical: SMC TAKUMAR f=105mm F2.4, Aperture: F4.0, with Kenko PRO-Softon[A] filter
Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI JP Equatorial
Camera: PENTAX 67
Film: Fujichrome VELVIA 100 (+2EV pushed)
Location: Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.

ASCII/Astroarts StellaNavigator
The constellation of Andromeda is a heroine in a grand Greek myth of the ancient Ethiopean dynasty. Almost all fields in autumn skies are occupied by characters in this story, Andromeda, Cassiopeia, Perseus, Pegasus, Cepheus, and Cetus.
The asterism consists of several bright stars with magnitudes of about 2, and there is a splendid galaxy of M31, The Andromeda Galaxy, at the side of Princess Andromeda. It could be said that the galaxy makes the name of this constellation popular.

Guide for Deep Sky Objects

The Andromeda Galaxy M31 ...One of most popular objects in Autumn skies, 2.3 million ly. away
NGC891 ...An edge-on galaxy 4 degrees east of gamma And
NGC752 ...Open cluster with a diameter of 45 arc minutes around the left leg of Andromeda
NGC7640 ...A Galaxy with 10' diameter in NW edge of Andromeda
Blue Snowball(NGC7662) ...A blue & compact planetary in northern region of Andromeda, 1790 ly. away
NGC7686 ...Medium-sized open cluster near Milky Way's edge
IC239 ...Medium-sized face-on galaxy near a boundary on Perseus
Arp 65 ...Small-scaled galaxy group near border to Aries
Arp 113 ...Compact galaxy group at 1.2 deg. ENE of Alpheratz
Abell262 ...Medium-scaled galaxy cluster including 40 galaxies, 210 millions ly. away
Abell347 ...A galaxy cluster inclusing 30 galaxies at eastern edge, 240 million ly. away

Ursa Minor


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