The Binocular Sky


M33 (NGC 598, the Pinwheel Galaxy)

Constellation: Tri
Object Type: Galaxy
RA:  1h 33m 51s
Dec:  +30° 39' 29"
Magnitude: 6.2
Recommended minimum aperture: 50mm

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M33 is located a little over 4° from α Trianguli in the direction of β Andromedae.

What You Should See:

M33, which has a high integrated magnitude (and can be visible to the naked eye under ideal conditions) is a large object with a low surface brightness. It therefore requires a dark sky and low magnification, making it easier to find and see in 10×50 binoculars than in small telescopes.

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