Does M31 look like a bright star or a grey cloud through a set of bins?
Thanks for the answers.
I was looking at the right object after all!
Would I be right thinking that the grey smudge is solely light from the centre of the galaxy and not the whole spiraling cloud surrounding it?
- Anonymous6 years ago
M31 does not have a stellar appearance but rather a nebulous one. It is enormous!
I personally never saw dark lanes through binoculars, but one night at a star party I saw a huge oval cloud. I waited for it to drift away but it never did. Then I realized it was the Andromeda Galaxy! I was simply stunned how huge and how bright it was. This was all naked eye.
For good views of the dark lanes I think a 14-inch telescope or larger is really necessary. They might show up in a pair of comet hunting binoculars in a really dark sky- I never tried.
- 6 years ago
With a 10x50 you can just make out the spiral portion of M31 on a dark night, which is quite wide. But instantly recognizable is the core, which appears as a small elongated fuzzy patch of light.
- Chandramohan P.RLv 76 years ago
It look as a small patch of cloud by naked eye in dark nights.