M 33 – Tri

M 33

M 33

M33 is a relatively close (with a distance of 3 millions of light years) spiral galaxy, nicknamed “Pinwheel Galaxy”. Under perfetc sky condititgions, it can be seen with the naked eye. Likely, it was discovered before 1654 by the Italian astronomer Giovanni Battista Hodierna.

This image, showing the beautiful details in the galaxy’s armas and plenty of its stars, was captured with the Planewave 17, part of the Virtual Telescope Project. A total of 20 exposures, with 5 minutes of integration each, were averaged. Images were unguided, completely trusting the Paramount ME mount. The CCD camera is a SBIG STL-6303E. The image scale is of 0.79 “/pixel.

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