Easily visible to the naked eye on a clear night is the Milky Way's great neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy. Well over a degree in length, it is seen in the telescope as a large, bright, fuzzy, oval nucleus with a dimmer band of light around it, giving it a spiral shape. Detail in the arms is hard to see. The bottom of the bright central portion appears to be cut off by a dust lane.
In the same field of view is M-32, its small elliptical companion (NGC-205, another companion just below the bottom of this sketch, is listed separately.) M-32 is an egg-shaped, shimmering object with a starlike nucleus.
|OTHER NAMES:||M-31, The Andromeda Galaxy||M-32|
|CLASS:||spiral galaxy||dwarf elliptical galaxy|
|SIZE:||160' x 40'||2' x 3'|
|POSITION:||00h 39m +40d 43'||00h 41m +41d 07'|
|DATE OF SKETCH:||09/03/75 and 09/14/75|
|MAGNIFICATION USED:||40x, 70x|