Elliptical Galaxy M32 (NGC 221), type E2, in Andromeda

Some details about M32:
RA 00 : 42.7 (h:m); DEC +40 : 52 (deg:m); Distance 2.9 million light years;
Visual Brightness 8.1 (mag);Apparent Dimension 8x6 (arc min)

M32 is the small yet bright companion of the Great Andromeda Galaxy, M31
M32 appears to us superimposed over the spiral arms of greater M31. Therefore, it is of interest if it lies before or behind the great galaxy's disk. Spectroscopic investigations have not shown any absorption which would be expected if its light had passed the interstellar matter in M31's disk, which suggests that M32 is closer to us than that portion of M31.

Source and more: SEDS


October 30, 2009 20:13 - 21:18 UT
Imaging: William Optics Zenithstar 80 ED II APO with Meade 3.3 Focal Reducer at f/3 [focal length 240 mm], Astronomik LRGB filters; ATK16IC b/w camera, K3CCDTools.
Exposures: L: 27x60s [1x1], RGB: 10x60s [1x1]; unguided.

September 8, 2006 22:56 - 23:06 UT.
Imaged with LX200 10-inch f/10 telescope with 0.33 Focal Reducer operating at f/4.06 [focal length 1015mm] and Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter.
Camera: Vesta Pro SC3a colour RAW webcam, 20 unguided exposures of 15 seconds.

October 30, 2005 19:58 - 20:22 UT.
Imaging: TAL-2M 15cm f/8 in prime focus with SC3a b/w RAW camera and Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter.