Astrophotography

Astrophotography is a journey and I promise to share the good along with the not so good. As you can see from the below as I walked along the journey things started to come together.

You will always see the most recent image at the top.

NGC1499 California Nebula – Imaged 28 January 2022
This is a large emission nebula in the constellation Perseus located nearly 1,000 light-year from Earth.
NGC2264 Cone Nebula – Imaged 20 January 2022
The Cone Nebula, located in the constellation Monoceros, is roughly 2,700 light-year from Earth. This is a larger nebulae complex of 3 or 4 other nebulae and is a known star-forming region.
M42 Orion Nebula – Imaged 21 December 2021
The Great Orion Nebula is one of the most stunning sights in the night sky. Located just 1,500 light-year from Earth in the constellation Orion. This is a culmination of nearly 20hrs of imaging from two sides of the state of Missouri over 5 different nights.
IC1396 Elephant Trunk Nebula – Imaged 28 September 2021
The Elephant Trunk Nebula is a concentration of interstellar gas and dust within the much larger ionized gas region IC 1396 located in the constellation Cepheus about 2,400 light years away from Earth. The piece of the nebula shown here is the dark, dense globule IC 1396A; it is commonly called the Elephant’s Trunk nebula. The bright rim is the surface of the dense cloud that is being illuminated and ionized by a very bright, massive star that is just to the east of IC 1396A.
NGC7000 North America Nebula – Imaged 22 September 2021
An emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus close to the star Deneb and located 2,500 light-year from Earth. Within NGC7000 is what is known as the “Cygnus Wall” and is a famously imaged portion of this nebula.
NGC7380 Wizard Nebula – Imaged 10 September 2021
A young open cluster of stars in the constellation Cepheus. Extremely difficult to observe visually and usually requiring very dark skies. Distance is 8,500 light-year from Earth.
M27 Dumbbell Nebula – Imaged 5 September 2021
A small planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula located 1,300 light-year from Earth. This is the fate of our own Sun when nuclear-fusion stops in it’s core.
SH2-101 Tulip Nebula – Imaged 5 September 2021
SH2-101 is an emission nebula located on the constellation Cygnus and is located 6,000 light-year from Earth. The Tulip Nebula is in close proximity to microquasar Cygnus X-1, site of the first widely accepted supermassive black hole. You may just be able to make out the bowshock created by the energetic particles emitting from the supermassive black hole.
SH2-103 Veil Nebula – Imaged 15 August 2021
This amazing supernova remnant in the constellation Cygnus is located 1,500 light-year from Earth. The hot dust and gas is all that remains of a massive stellar explosion that occurred 5,000-8,000 years ago.
NGC6888 Crescent Nebula – Imaged 3 August 2021
The Crescent Nebula is an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus, about 5000 light-years away from Earth. It is formed by the fast stellar wind from the Wolf-Rayet star WR 136 colliding with and energizing the slower moving wind ejected by the star when it became a red giant around 250,000 to 400,000 years ago. The result of the collision is a shell and two shock waves, one moving outward and one moving inward. The inward moving shock wave heats the stellar wind to X-ray-emitting temperatures.
M16 Eagle Nebula “Pillars of Creation” – Imaged 26 July 2021
Large cloud of dust and gas in the constellation Serpens and is located 7,000 light-year from Earth. The image taken by Hubble titled “Pillars of Creation” is one of the most famous astrophotography photos ever.
M101 Pinwheel Galaxy – Imaged 14 June 2021
Spiral Galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major and is located 25 million light-year from Earth. M101 is roughly twice the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy.
M57 Ring Nebula – Imaged 4 June 2021
Bright planetary nebula in the constellation Lyra and is located 2,800 light-year from Earth. This close planetary nebula was formed from the explosion of a star whose hot core can still be seen as a white dwarf in the center of the nebula.
M13 Great Hercules Cluster – Imaged 29 May 2021
One of the finest globular clusters in the northern hemisphere located 22,000 light-year from Earth.
M104 Sombrero Galaxy – Imaged 29 May 2021
Spiral Galaxy in the constellation Virgo and is located 30 million light-year from Earth.
M63 Sunflower Galaxy – Imaged 14 May 2021
Small flocculent galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici and is located 27 million light-year from Earth. M63 contains more than 400 billion stars and is a primary star forming galaxy identified by all of the newly formed blue hot stars.
M100 Blowdryer Galaxy – Imaged 1 May 2021
Grand design spiral galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices and is located 55 million light-year from Earth. One of the largest and brightest galaxies in the Virgo Cluster.
M51 Whirlpool Galaxy – Imaged 11 April 2021
Grand design spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici and is located 23 million light-year from Earth.
Markarian’s Chain – Imaged 2 April 2021
This is a chain of galaxies within the Virgo Cluster whose component galaxies lie on a smoothly curved line. Some of the most distant galaxies in the cluster are more than 55 million light-year from Earth.
M66 Group Leo Triplet – Imaged 20 March 2021
This is a small group of galaxies in the constellation Leo and located 35 million light-year from Earth. This galaxy group consists of spiral galaxies M65, M66 and NGC 3268.
M81 Bode’s Galaxy – Imaged 2 March 2021
A grand design spiral galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major and located 12 million light-year from Earth. This image also contains M82 Cigar Galaxy mid-left.
IC2177 Seagull Nebula – Imaged 22 February 2021
A cosmic cloud or reflection nebula straddling the constellations Monoceros and Canis Major located 3,800 light-year from Earth. IC2177 is one of many sites of star formation within the Milky Way Galaxy and is in the same spiral arm as our own solar system.
IC410 Tadpole Nebula – Imaged 19 February 2021
A dusty emission nebula in the constellation Auriga located 12,000 light-year from Earth.
IC434 Horsehead Nebula – Imaged 22 January 2021
An interesting dark nebula in the constellation Orion located just 1,500 light-year from Earth. Also in this image is NGC2024 Flame Nebula which is often imaged along with IC434 as you can see here. Both nebulae are lit by the very bright star Alnitac, the easternmost star in Orion’s belt.
SH2-157 Lobster Claw Nebula – Imaged 11 January 2021
This bright emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia located 11,400 light-year from Earth sits very close to a few other bright nebulae. NGC7635 Bubble Nebula and NGC7538 which is home to the biggest yet discovered protostar which is about 300 times the size of our solar system.
IC443 Jellyfish Nebula – Imaged 25 December 2020
This galactic supernova remnant in the constellation Gemini located 5,000 light-year from Earth may be the remains of a star that exploded some 3,000-30,000 years ago. The large bright star in this image is Eta Geminorum.
NGC1499 California Nebula – Imaged 9 December 2020
A large emission nebula in the constellation Perseus located just 1,000 light-year from Earth. Due to the low surface brightness NGC1499 is often difficult to observe.
IC405 Flaming Star Nebula – Imaged 4 December 2020
Both and emission and a reflection nebula in the constellation Auriga located 1,500 light-year from Earth. The bright star within the nebula is AE Aurigae.
NGC2237 Rosette Nebula – Imaged 27 November 2020
This emission nebula is located near one end of a giant molecular cloud in the constellation Monoceros at a distance of 5,000 light-year from Earth.
IC1848 Soul Nebula – Imaged 16 November 2020
An interesting emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia located 6,500 light-year from Earth. IC1848 is located close to another famous nebula IC1805 and together they make up the “Heart and Soul Nebula”.
IC434 Horsehead Nebula – Imaged 3 November 2020
An interesting dark nebula in the constellation Orion located just 1,500 light-year from Earth. This had been my first attempt imaging this magnificent nebulae.
SH2-103 Cygnus Loop – Imaged 6 November 2020
This amazing supernova remnant in the constellation Cygnus is located 1,500 light-year from Earth. The hot dust and gas is all that remains of a massive stellar explosion that occurred 5,000-8,000 years ago.
IC1805 Heart Nebula – Imaged 6 November 2020
An emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia located 7,500 light-year from Earth. IC1805 has some amazing structure within it and is often imaged using narrowband filters to help to bring out the detail.
NGC281 Packman Nebula – Imaged 3 November 2020
Bright emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia located 9,500 light-year from Earth.
NGC6992 Eastern Veil Nebula – Imaged 2 November 2020
Part of the larger Cygnus loop, NGC6992 is a supernova remnant in the constellation Cygnus located 1,500 light-year from Earth.
NGC6960 Eastern Veil Nebula – Imaged 31 October 2020
Part of the larger Cygnus loop, NGC6960 is a supernova remnant in the constellation Cygnus located 1,500 light-year from Earth.
NGC7000 North America Nebula – Imaged 13 October 2020
An emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus close to the star Deneb and located 2,500 light-year from Earth. Within NGC7000 is what is known as the “Cygnus Wall” and is a famously imaged portion of this nebula.
M42 Orion Nebula – Imaged 13 October 2020
One of the most well known nebula in the night sky and one that is also visible to the naked eye is M42 in the constellation Orion located 1,500 light-year from Earth and is the largest star forming region to our planet.
M45 Pleiades Cluster – Imaged 13 October 2020
A large open cluster of stars commonly referred to as “The Seven Sisters” in the constellation Taurus located 450 light-year from Earth. This is the closest cluster and closest Messier object to Earth.
M33 Triangulum Galaxy – Imaged 11 October 2020
Spiral Galaxy in the constellation Triangulum located 2.75 million light-year from Earth and is the third-largest member of the local group of galaxies behind the Andromeda Galaxy and the Milky Way Galaxy.
NGC6946 Fireworks Galaxy – Imaged 7 October 2020
A face-on intermediate spiral galaxy in the constellation straddling the boundaries of Cygnus and Cepheus located 25.2 million light-year from Earth.
M31 Andromeda Galaxy – Imaged 4 October 2020
My first galaxy image and a great one to start with. A barred spiral galaxy in the constellation Andromeda located 2.5 million light-year from Earth and is the nearest galaxy to us.
NGC7635 Bubble Nebula – Imaged 18 September 2020
NGC7635 in the constellation Cassiopeia located 8,000 light-year from Earth. The bubble is created by a stellar wind from a massive and hot star.
NGC7023 Iris Nebula – Imaged 21 August 2020
A reflection nebula in the constellation Cepheus located 1,300 light-year from Earth.
M27 Dumbbell Nebula – Imaged 8 August 2020
A small planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula located 1,300 light-year from Earth. This is the fate of our own Sun when nuclear-fusion stops in it’s core.
M16 Eagle Nebula – Imaged 7 August 2020
A stunning example of an emission nebula made famous by one of the best images from the Hubble Space Telescope called the “Pillars of Creation”. M16 is in the constellation Serpens located 7,00 light-year from Earth.
M8 Lagoon Nebula – Imaged 27 July 2020
A large interstellar cloud in the constellation Sagittarius located 4,100 light-year from Earth. At the center of M8 is a star 200,000 times brighter than our Sun.
NGC6302 Bug Nebula – Imaged 25 July 2020
A very small bipolar planetary nebula in the constellation Scorpius located 4,000 light-year from Earth. NGC6302 contains one of the hottest stars known with a temperature in excess of 250,000 degrees Celsius.
M17 Omega Nebula – Imaged 17 July 2020
An emission nebula in the constellation Sagittarius located 5,500 light-year from Earth.
M20 Trifid Nebula – Imaged 10 July 2020
An unusual combination of an emission nebula, open cluster and reflection nebula in the constellation Sagittarius located 9,000 light-year from Earth.
Moon – Imaged 30 May 2020
This is the image that started it all. My very first astrophotography picture.
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