Displaying items by tag: NGC Objects

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
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
Thursday, 05 September 2019 23:11

NGC 206

Star Clouds of Andromeda featuring NGC 206 in the center, which is an OB association of hot O and B type stars numbering over 300 and stretching some 4,000 light years.

Published in Galaxies
Friday, 29 December 2017 16:07

NGC 2244 Rosetta Nebula

The Rosetta Nebula, also known as Cadwell 49, and sometimes referred to as NGC 2244, although that actually refers to the open cluster in the nebula. The nebula is located in the constellation of Monoceros at a distance of 5,200 lightyears.

Imaged with the ED80cft 80 mm refractor and ZWO 1600 mono camera using Ha, and RGB filers.


Published in Nebulas
Wednesday, 05 December 2018 23:35

NGC 2244, M52 The Bubble and the Open Cluster

he Bubble Nebula or NGC 7635 is an hydrogen emission nebula with a bubble structure that is formed by stellar wind from a massive central star. Also in the field of view is the open cluster of Messier 52. M 52 is at a distance of 4,600 light years and the Bubble Nebula is a more distant 7,000 to 11,000 light years away.

Published in Nebulas
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