M 31

Messier 31 is better known as the „Andromeda Galaxy“ since it is located in the constellation Andromeda. In a distance of appr. 2.2 million lightyears, it is a close neighbour of our own galaxy. M 31 can be best seen in fall and early winter nights. Under darks skies, it is already visible to the naked eye.

Our image shows only the core area of the galaxy, highlighting the magnificent dust lanes. Almost all of the stars visible in the picture are in the foreground and belong to our galaxy.

M 51

M 51 or the „Whirlpool Galaxie“ is one of the most famous spiral galaxies in the skies. Located in Canes Venatici, it is best visible in spring (on nothern hemisphere).

Our picture taken in March 2012 shows the fading supernova 2011dh as a faint memory of what used to be a giant star.

M 60

M 60 is an elliptical galaxie (Type E2) in the constellation Virgo. The nice spiral galaxie next to it is NGC 4647 which is known to be physical companion of M 60.