(IAAC) M31 with the naked eye

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: dax2 <donald_j_axel@get2net.dk>
> To: Lew Gramer <dedalus@alum.mit.edu>
> Subject: M31 with the naked eye
> Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2002 00:41:50 +0100
> Your (old) message at visualdeepsky.org about viewing
> M31 with the naked eye has been a help to me.
> When some time ago I read that the size of M31 is about 
> 3 degrees of the sky, much bigger than the moon, I 
> recalled once I located the Andromeda Galaxy and 
> suddenly was able to see a faint ellipsis around the 
> brighter spot. At that time I didn't believe what I 
> saw, now I do. That is very comforting, actually.
> Thank you for reporting.
> I am aware that it needs to be extremely good
> conditions and that the observer himself also need 
> to be in a good condition - but we are, sometimes.
> Still, I wonder how it comes that no ancient astro-
> nomers have reported on the elliptical faint light
> around the brighter object; and I wonder whether
> skepticism is playing its trick here. 
>   Thank you for your report.
>   Greetings, Donald Axel
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