M32 = NGC221 ( 0h 42.7m +4052, 8.2 mag. )


This dwarf elliptical galaxy is a satellite of Great Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and was discovered by LeGentil in 1749. Messier noticed it on Aug. 3, 1764, next to M31. This small but bright galaxy is wisible in binoculars about 20' below the centre of M31 (see finder chart below).

M32 image was taken on Sept. 20, 1998 from Sooke, BC using Cookbook 245 LDC CCD camera on Ultima 8 f6.3 telescope, autoguided with Cookbook 211 LDC CCD camera on piggybacked 500mm f8 telephoto lens. It is composed of W (6 x 4 min.) integrations processed with Multi245 and AIP245.

North is down.


Map created in Guide 7.0 - 9 x 10. North is up.


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