While several dozen minor galaxies lie closer to our Milky Way, the Andromeda galaxy is the closest large spiral galaxy to ours.
Discover how to find the Andromeda Galaxy, also known as M31. At 2.5 million light-years away, it is the most distant thing visible to your unaided eye. Watch the video below to see what you will see through your eyepiece. Followed by some post processed shots of Andromeda to bring out more detail.
This galaxy is so large that you will want to use a low power to try and contain all of the galaxy in one view, because of this it makes it an ideal target for binoculars.