Quote:From South Africa at this time of year M31 reaches a maximum height of about 40 degrees ( I think... Maybe someone can verify this).
Quote:I was looking through a 12 inch dob, and as I said, there were very dark skies and good seeing. Despite the good conditions, M31 was a grey blob with no structure at all. Was this because it was low on the horizon? Or do I need more aperture?
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Weltevreden Farm 13 kms west of Nieu-Bethesda , South Africa. Equipment is a Celestron C6, Intes MN61 & MK66, Santel 180 F/10, and Bosma Mak 200mm f/12.
Quote:I wonder if in my stupidity I was looking at the companion.... hmmm
Quote:There is also NGC 253 in Cetus. Size-wise it is more manageable, which gives a more satisfying 'galaxy' feeling. We see it as a cigar not a spiral due to its being so edge-on to us.
Quote:Absolutely. At low elevations you are looking through so much more atmosphere than when you are observing near the zenith.