30 years ago a photo like this would have been near impossible, unless you were a well funded group with money coming out of your ears. In this day in age however, anyone with a one or two grand can purchase the equipment needed to take fantastic deep space images. Although patience and fortitude also play a roll in the process of photographing a galaxy thousands of light years away. Generally speaking anyone inspired, and or determined enough can do the same and better!
The galaxy in this photo is The Andromeda Galaxy, or M31. It is earth’s nearest galactic neighbor at just over 2.5 million light years away and about 220,000 light years across. The galaxy is made up of trillions and trillions of stars, an unimaginable number really. It is really quite difficult for us to understand the size and magnitude of galactic structures like the Andromeda Galaxy. The universe that we can see anyway is made up of trillions upon trillions of galaxies like the Andromeda. In fact it is said that there are more stars in the visible universe than there grains of sand on all of the worlds beaches combined.
Anyway, bit by a new bug you should be expecting many more impressive deep space photos like this in the coming months. But before I leave you, I want to show you one more. Captured with my my Canon 7D and a 300mm telescopic lens. The Orion nebula, one of the most beautiful and easy to spot nebula in the night sky.
Hope to be coming at you again with more great photos, captured by me and my youngest son.