Believe it or don’t, many humans are able to see the Andromeda Galaxy with the unaided eye. My eyesight is horrible, so I imaged the galaxy using a modified Canon 60D Digital SLR and a Wilson Optics Refractor Telescope. Andromeda lies 2.5 million light years from Earth, yet, with a modest astrophotography setup, any one can learn to capture its beauty.
Technique and equipment sections will be coming shortly. This particular image was shot by stacking multiple 5 minute exposures shot with a Canon 20D , modified for astrophotography, using a Wilson Optics refractor telescope and an equatorial mount. Sounds complicated, but the cost of such a system is modest and there are several excellent astrophotography websites.