NGC 891 - Spiral Galaxy in Andromeda

Copyright 2001 John Hodge


This beautiful example of a spiral galaxy seen from edge-on was discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1783.  There is some spectral evidence to indicate that this may be a barred spiral similar to NGC 7479, but the bar is not visible from our vantage point.  The distance to this galaxy is listed as 10 million light-years.  


Date/Location:    October 8, 2001     Iwancio-Hodge Observatory    Bethune, SC
Instrument:    SBIG ST-7 through 12" LX-200 
Focal Ratio:   f 10
Guiding:    Auto via ST-7
Conditions:    Visually clear
Weather:    50 F, Still wind
Exposure: 10 minutes
Filters:    Red