Galaxy NGC 891

NGC 891 is found within the constellation of Andromeda. It is a beautiful barred spiral galaxy that we view from side on. This galaxy has a Magnitude of about 10 but a surface brightness of only 13.6. With only 6 inches of aperture and imaging at f10, it was tricky to raise any details up out of the background noise; I am however quite pleased with the resulting image (below) and feel that gaining more exposure time would help further.

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The galaxy was discovered by William Herschel in 1784 and is a member of the small NGC1023 group of galaxies that are neighbours of our own galaxy group. Its distance from ourselves is thought to be about 10 million light years. NGC 891 has several distinct similarities with our own Milky Way Galaxy, in fact it gives us a glimpse of how our galaxy might look to some distant galactic traveler.