Triangulum Galaxy or M 33
Date Taken: 8/16/2009
Equipment: 8" Meade SC Telescope with SBIG 10XME camera;
Exposures: RGB-31 min each, Lum-35 min. Processing: MaximDL and Photoshop
The Triangulum Galaxy is a spiral galaxy approximately 3 million light years (ly) from Earth in the constellation Triangulum. It is catalogued as Messier 33 or NGC 598, and is sometimes informally and incorrectly referred to as the Pinwheel Galaxy, a nickname typically used with Messier 101. The Triangulum Galaxy is the third-largest member of the Local Group of galaxies, which includes the Milky Way Galaxy, the Andromeda Galaxy and about 30 other smaller galaxies. It is one of the most distant permanent objects that can be viewed with the naked eye.
Triangulum GalaxyM 101