What features of Andromeda Galaxy can you make out with an Amateur Telescope?

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What features of Andromeda Galaxy can you make out with an Amateur Telescope??

With an amateur telescope, (field of view of 2 degrees) what features can see you see in and around the andromeda galaxy? Just curious.
 

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Not a well-posed question. Telescopes with large aperture collect more light and provide better resolution than small telescopes.

A small Questar (very expensive compact scope) will show you very little, while a much cheaper and larger Dobsonian (alt-az mount Newtonian) can knock your socks off.
 
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Andromeda is fairly disappointing visually in your typical amateur scope. Some of its satellite galaxies are discernable with larger aperatures. The game changes with a camera. Even an average sized [~8"] scope has amazing capabilities [with patience]. The down side is astrophotography gear can cost as much as your scope. Many, if not most, serious amateurs catch the AP bug sooner or later. Capturing your first horrible image is - priceless.
 

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