M32 - Elliptical Galaxy in Andromeda

M32 is a dwarf elliptical galaxy that is a satellite of the Great Andromeda Galaxy. It is only about 6.5 thousand light years in diameter. Like most elliptical galaxies, it is comprised of primarily older stars, rich in heavy elements. Little or no star formation is taking place within it.

M32 was first discovered by Le Gentil in 1749 and was cataloged by Charles Messier in 1764.

 
   
Telescope: TPO 10 in. R-C at f/6.2 (using an Astro-Physics CCD telecompressor)
Mount: iOprton CEM 60
Camera: Canon 650D (Hap Griffin modified); Raw capture @ ISO 800
Exposures: 10 @ 5 min.
Guiding: Orion SSAG pro on 300mm Komura lens
Processing: Images were focused using Live View. They were converted to TIFF format using Canon Digital Professional. They were reduced, aligned and combined using ImagesPlus. The final image was adjusted in Photoshop. Sharpening and noise reduction were done using Topaz Detail and DeNoise respectively.
Location: My backyard in southeastern Minnesota - 9/16/15
   
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