M33 - THE TRIANGULUM (PINWHEEL) GALAXY



This is an image of M33, The Triangulum Galaxy in the constellation of Triangulum. It is also quite often referred to as the Pinwheel Galaxy. The galaxy is a prominent member of our local group of galaxies. It is relatively small compared to M31, the Andromeda galaxy and to the Milky Way. It lies at a distance of about 3 million light years. This image was obtained using my MN56 telescope and SC3 camera with an Atik 0.5 focal reducer and Astronomik CLS filter. The image is the sum of 80 X 45 secs guided exposures at 80% gain with Amp Off and fan cooling. It was captured on 20th September at 23:22 Several of the knots in the spiral arms of the galaxy have their own designation numbers and I have identified some of the prominent ones on the image below.