Displaying items by tag: NGC Objects

Tuesday, 05 May 2020 18:04

Messier 24

Messier 24, one of the Messier objects that isn't a singular deep sky object, it is a dense concentration of stars located in the Sagittarius arm of our Milky Way Galaxy, hence it is often referred to the as the Sagittarius Star Cloud. A collection of millions of stars that can be seen through a gap of the Milky Way dust lanes. Also visible is NGC 6603 an open cluster located in the field of view, and various dark nebula that blot out background stars.

Published in Open Clusters
Wednesday, 05 February 2020 14:01

NGC 1027

NGC 1027, an open cluster located in Cassiopeia located 3,100 light years away, between the Heart and the Soul nebulae , but not associated with them (7,500ly distance), as is the bright star near the center (179ly distance).

Published in Open Clusters
Thursday, 12 November 2020 17:17

NGC 129

NGC 129 an open cluster in Cassiopeia. Contains several giant stars including the Cepheid variable star DL Cas which can used to measure its distance of around 5,300 light years.  Contains 35 - 80 members and estimated age of 77 million years old.

Published in Open Clusters
Tuesday, 09 February 2021 16:21

NGC 1491

Emission nebula NGC 1491, sometimes called the Fossil Footprint Nebula located in Perseus. Located about 10,700 light years away. Illuminated by a 11.2 magnitude star actually blowing a bubble in the nebula from its intense stellar "wind".

Published in Nebulas
Wednesday, 16 January 2019 15:29

NGC 1501

Sometimes called the Oyster Nebula, NGC 1501 is a planetary nebula located in Camelopardalis (The Giraffe). The central star shed its outer layers and those layers are now illuminated by the central star. The central star is also reported to be a pulsating variable star with an extremely short period of brightness changes.

Published in Nebulas
Thursday, 14 February 2019 14:25

NGC 1502

NGC 1502 is an open cluster located in the constellation of Camelopardalis. It is near one end of a string of unrelated stars that seem to flow towards it that is called Kemble's Cascade. The cluster consists of around 45 stars and estimated distance of 2,700 light years away and is estimated to be a young cluster of around 11 million years old. The bright double star Struve 485 located near the center.

Published in Open Clusters
Friday, 26 January 2018 22:26

NGC 1514

NGC 1514 is often called the Crystal Ball Nebula. It is a planetary nebula located in the constellation of Taurus. Discovered by William Herschel in 1790, it caused him to rethink the idea that nebulosity is just unresolved stars. The nebula is formed by a tightly bound pair of dying stars that are expelling their outer layers.

Imaged with the 10" RC scope and Atik 314L mono ccd.

Published in Nebulas
Saturday, 21 October 2017 16:03

NGC 185

Dwarf spherical galaxies are not the most photogenic of galaxies, but sometimes I like to image stuff off the beaten track to see what I can find.


I was able to track down and identify some of the globular clusters that surround this galaxy. One of these, FJJ-VI was originally classified as a globular, but later studies by Hubble point to it being a distant elliptical galaxy. The color is noticeable much more reddish. FJJ-II is listed at 19.7 magnitude in the visual band.


NGC 185 is a satellite of the Andromeda along with its close neighbor dwarf elliptical galaxy NGC 147 (not visible in this field of view). Unlike its neighbor, NGC 185 still has star formation and has an active galactic nucleus, and visible molecular clouds in its nucleus.
Distance to NGC 185 is 2 million light years and is located in the constellation of Cassiopeia.

Imaged with the RC10 telescope.

Published in Galaxies
Friday, 09 August 2019 13:14

NGC 188

Open cluster located in the constellation of Cepheus. Estimated age of 6+ billion years, most open clusters drift apart after only a few million years. It lies above the plane of the Milky Way, and located further out than our Sun which may account for its longevity.

Published in Open Clusters
Thursday, 26 December 2019 22:10

NGC 1961

NGC 1961, a some what distorted massive spiral galaxy, over twice the size of the Milky Way, some 170 million light years away in Camelopardalis. 

Published in Galaxies
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