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The delicate onion-skin structure of this elliptical galaxy has been captured beautifully and tells the story of a galactic merger rippling through space. The colourful stars and other galaxies that accompany the main galaxy add to the mesmeric nature of this stunning image.
Mandy Bailey, Astronomy Secretary for the Royal Astronomy Society
Being used to images from space-based telescopes such as the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope or ground-based images such as those of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), I often get the jaw-drop effect seeing such detailed deep-sky images coming from much smaller telescopes. This is definitely one of those cases.
Oana Sandu, Community Coordinator for the European Southern Observatory.
This is a fascinatingly unusual image in its texture and patterns, like endless backlit smoke rings in the corner of a celestial jazz bar.
Jon Culshaw, comedian, impersonator and regular guest on The Sky at Night
This is a popular deep-sky target imaged to an intensely detailed degree. The bright halo around M31 really shines here. This is not easy to capture without bleaching out detail in the brighter parts of the main galaxy, but the photographer has managed to display fine dust lanes spiralling all the way into a beautifully balanced galactic core.
Steve Marsh, Art Editor for BBC Sky at Night Magazine