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Thursday, 23 July 2020 15:35

Antares

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Antares is a swollen red supergiant star located in Scorpius the Scorpion. As the brightest star in that constellation it is designated as Alpha Scorpii. It is the 15th brightest star visible from Earth. It's outer layers are so swollen…

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  • Constellation Scorpius
  • Right Ascension 16h 29m 24.45970s
  • Declination −26° 25′ 55.2094″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 550
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Tuesday, 21 July 2020 16:22

Messier 4

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Messier 4, a globular cluster located in Scorpius. It contains more than 20,000 stars, which is less that most globular clusters, but as it passes through the plane of the Milky Way, it may have shed stars with each passage.…

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  • Constellation Scorpius
  • Right Ascension 16h 23m 35.22s
  • Declination –26° 31′ 32.7″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 7,200
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Thursday, 02 July 2020 20:49

Messier 16

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Messier 16 or as commonly call the Eagle Nebula, or Star Queen Nebula is an open cluster and nebula located in the constellation of Serpens. The central spires of dust and gas were made famous by the Hubble's "Pillars of…

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  • Constellation Serpens
  • Right Ascension 18h 18m 48s
  • Declination −13° 49′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 7,000
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Tuesday, 23 June 2020 14:37

NGC 3079 and the Twin Quasar

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NGC 3079 is a barred spiral in Ursa Major, but for me the real "star" in this image is the Twin Quasar. Which is a single quasar that appears doubled by gravitational lensing by a foreground galaxy. It took the…

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  • Constellation Ursa Major
  • Right Ascension 10h 01m 20.99s
  • Declination +55° 53′ 56.5"
  • Distance (Lightyears) 8.7 billion
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Tuesday, 23 June 2020 12:25

Messier 6 The Butterfly Cluster

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An open cluster located Scorpius. The name derives from Robert Burnham's description that it resembles an outline of a butterfly with open wings. The cluster is estimated to contain up to 300 members, and its age is 50 to 100…

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  • Constellation Scorpius
  • Right Ascension 17h 40.1m
  • Declination −32° 13′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 1,600
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Wednesday, 17 June 2020 20:50

Messier 51 The Whirlpool Galaxy

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Messier 51 and NGC 5194 are a pair of interacting galaxies. It is the brightest member of the M51 galaxy group, which also includes M63, the Sunflower galaxy. It is about 35-40% the size of our galaxy, and is Seyfert…

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  • Constellation Canes Venatici
  • Right Ascension 13h 29m 52.7s
  • Declination +47° 11′ 43″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 23 million
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Wednesday, 17 June 2020 18:53

Quasar 3C 273

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Somewhere in this image is Quasar 3C 273, an extremely distant galaxy, but shines with the light of a near by star. When first discovered, the presented a paradox. In images they look like a star, but their red-shift, the…

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  • Constellation Virgo
  • Right Ascension 12h 29m 06.7s
  • Declination +02° 03′ 09″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2.4 billion
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Tuesday, 16 June 2020 14:25

Messier 11 The Wild Duck Cluster

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M11 is an open cluster located in the constellation of Scutum. The name comes from a v shape from the brighter stars that resemble a flock of ducks. One of the densest and most compact open clusters known. It contains…

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  • Constellation Scutum
  • Right Ascension 18h 51m 05.0s
  • Declination −06° 16′ 12″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 6,120
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
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Messier 13 is located in the constellation of Hercules naturally. It contains an estimated 300,000 stars and is located some 22,000 light years away, with an estimated age of 11.6 billion years old.

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  • Constellation Hercules
  • Right Ascension 16h 41m 41.24s
  • Declination +36° 27′ 35.5″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 22,200
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Friday, 29 May 2020 16:43

The Hercules Galaxy Cluster

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Abell 2151 - The richest galaxy cluster of the Hercules super galaxy cluster. It contains around 200 galaxies and is located some 500 light years away. It contains a wide variety of spirals and elliptical as well as lenticular galaxies.

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  • Constellation Hercules
  • Right Ascension 16h 05m 15.0s
  • Declination +17° 44′ 55″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 500 million
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Thursday, 28 May 2020 16:00

Wolf 359

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Wolf359 is a red dwarf star at a distance of 7.8 light years away from Earth. Located in the constellation of Leo it is one of the nearest stars. It is also one of the faintest low mass stars known.…

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  • Constellation Leo
  • Right Ascension 10h 56m 28.99s
  • Declination +07° 00′ 52.0″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 7.8
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Thursday, 21 May 2020 12:08

Messier 61 and SN2020jfo

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Messier 61 is a barred spiral galaxy located in Virgo, and part of the Virgo galaxy cluster. M61 is roughly the same size as our galaxy and is classified as a starburst galaxy that is undergoing a high rate of…

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  • Constellation Virgo
  • Right Ascension 12h 21m 54.9s
  • Declination +04° 28′ 25″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 52 million
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Thursday, 14 May 2020 14:38

Messier 109

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Messier 109 is a barred spiral located in Ursa Major, and the brightest galaxy of the M109 galaxy group. It has a radius of around 90,000 light years and contains an estimated 1 trillion stars. Charles Messier made note of…

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  • Constellation Ursa Major
  • Right Ascension 11h 57m 36.0s
  • Declination +53° 22′ 28″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 83 million
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Friday, 08 May 2020 16:11

NGC 2281

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NGC2281 Open cluster located in Auriga, located some 1,819 light years away with an estimated age of 610 million years. Es127/Zwo1600 scope/camera setup.

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  • Constellation Auriga
  • Right Ascension 06h 48m 17.(0)s
  • Declination +41° 04′ 4"
  • Distance (Lightyears) 1,819
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Wednesday, 06 May 2020 14:08

Messier 3

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Messier 3 is a globular cluster located in the constellation of Canes Venatici. It contains an estimated 500,000 stars and is one of the brighter and largest of the 250 or so globular located around our galaxy.

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  • Constellation Canes Venatici
  • Right Ascension 13h 42m 11.62s
  • Declination +28° 22′ 38.2″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 34,000
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Tuesday, 05 May 2020 18:04

Messier 24

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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…

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  • Constellation Sagittarius
  • Right Ascension 18h 17m
  • Declination −18° 29′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 10,000
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Monday, 27 April 2020 15:43

Messier 44

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Messier 44, or sometimes called the Beehive, is a open cluster located in the constellation of Cancer. At around 600 light years away, it is one of the closest open clusters to us along with the Pleiades and Hyades. M44…

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  • Constellation Cancer
  • Right Ascension 08h 40.4m
  • Declination 19° 59′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 577
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Monday, 27 April 2020 15:14

Messier 53

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Messier 53 a globular cluster located in the constellation of Coma Berenices at a distance of 58,000 light years away. A very metal poor cluster indicating that most of the stars are of a first generation as stars that are…

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  • Constellation Coma Berenices
  • Right Ascension 13h 12m 55.25s
  • Declination +18° 10′ 05.4″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 58,000
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Thursday, 02 April 2020 17:37

Messier 63

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Messier 63, also called the Sunflower Galaxy is a spiral galaxy located in Canes Venatici. While the galaxy only has two major spiral arms, they are patchy and wrapped around the core forming what is called a flocculent type spiral…

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  • Constellation Canes Venatici
  • Right Ascension 13h 15m 49.27s
  • Declination +42° 01′ 45.72"
  • Distance (Lightyears) 29.3 million
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Saturday, 28 March 2020 09:40

NGC 2261 Hubble's Variable Nebula

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The nebula patterns and brightness slowly changes over months and years from shadows of dust clouds illuminated by the star R Monocerotis, which in itself encased in a dust cloud. Discovered by William Herschel, and studied by Edwin Hubble who…

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  • Constellation Monoceros
  • Right Ascension 6h 39m 10s
  • Declination +8° 45′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2,500
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Thursday, 26 March 2020 15:02

NGC 2419

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NGC 2419, often called the Intergalactic Wanderer because of the 300,000 light years distance from our galaxy. Originally not thought to be gravitational bound to our galaxy, it now thought to be in orbit around our galaxy and takes about…

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  • Constellation Lynx
  • Right Ascension 07h 38m 08.51s
  • Declination +38° 52′ 54.9″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 300,000
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Thursday, 20 February 2020 16:10

NGC 2395

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NGC 2395 A loose scattered open cluster located in Gemini about 1600 light years away.

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  • Constellation Gemini
  • Right Ascension 07 27 12
  • Declination +13 36 30
  • Distance (Lightyears) 1,600
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Wednesday, 05 February 2020 14:01

NGC 1027

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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).

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  • Constellation Cassiopeia
  • Right Ascension 02h 42m 43s
  • Declination +61° 38′ 00″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 3,100
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Thursday, 30 January 2020 14:18

NGC 2683

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NGC 2683 is a nearly edge on spiral galaxy, with a possible barred structure. Located in Lynx, and lies approximately 25 million light years away. 

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  • Constellation Lynx
  • Right Ascension 08h 52m 41.3s
  • Declination +33° 25′ 19″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 25 million
  • Telescope GSO 254mm RC
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Wednesday, 29 January 2020 12:43

IC 342

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IC 342, sometimes called the Hidden Galaxy because it is heavily obscured by dust since it lies in the direction of the galactic equator of our Milky Way galaxy. Without that, it would be one of the brighter galaxies in…

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  • Constellation Camelopardalis
  • Right Ascension 03h 46m 48.5s
  • Declination +68° 05′ 46″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 10 million
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
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