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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
Friday, 24 January 2020 23:48

NGC 2681

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NGC 2681 is a lenticular galaxy located 50 million light years away in Ursa Major. Various other more distant galaxies are also visible. 

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  • Constellation Ursa Major
  • Right Ascension 08h 53m 32.7s
  • Declination 51° 18′ 49″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 50 million
  • Telescope GSO 254mm RC
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 16:09

NGC 404 - Mirach's Ghost

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NGC 404 is a dwarf lenticular galaxy 10 million light years away. It lies just 7 arc-min away from the star Mirach, a red giant. The close proximity has earned it the name of Mirach's Ghost because of the difficulty…

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  • Constellation Andromeda
  • Right Ascension 01h 09m 27.0s
  • Declination +35° 43′ 04″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 10 million
  • Telescope GSO 254mm RC
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 15:11

NGC 436

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NGC 436 is a small open cluster located in Cassiopeia, not far away from the more famous Owl or E.T. Cluster. Discovered by William Herschel in 1787.

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  • Constellation Cassiopeia
  • Right Ascension 01h 15m 58.0s
  • Declination +58° 48′ 42″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 9,800
  • Telescope GSO 254mm RC
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Thursday, 09 January 2020 23:35

Moon - January 6, 2020

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Something a little closer! The Moon imaged on the night of January 6, 2020.

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  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Thursday, 09 January 2020 23:31

Quasar 3C 147

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3C 147 is a quasar located in the constellation of Auriga. A quasar is a term that originated with the term quasi-stellar object (QSO). When first discovered, they looked like stars, but their spectrum resembled a galaxy, and when their…

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  • Constellation Auriga
  • Right Ascension 05h 42m 36.138s
  • Declination +49° 51′ 07.23″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 5.1 billion light travel time
  • Telescope GSO 254mm RC
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Wednesday, 01 January 2020 17:26

NGC 2392

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NGC 2392 is a planetary nebula located 6,500 light years away in Gemini. Sometimes called the Eskimo Nebula or Clown Face nebula as it resembles a head with a parka or other object around it.

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  • Constellation Gemini
  • Right Ascension 07h 29m 10.7669s
  • Declination +20° 54′ 42.488″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 6,500
  • Telescope GSO 254mm RC
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Wednesday, 01 January 2020 15:36

NGC 246

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NGC 246 is a planetary nebula located in Cetus, commonly called the Skull Nebula due to its resemblance of a skull.

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  • Constellation Cetus
  • Right Ascension 00h 47m 03.338s
  • Declination −11° 52′ 18.94″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 1,600
  • Telescope GSO 254mm RC
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Thursday, 26 December 2019 22:10

NGC 1961

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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. 

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  • Constellation Camelopardalis
  • Right Ascension 05h 42m 04.6s
  • Declination +69° 22′ 42″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 170 million
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Tuesday, 24 December 2019 15:30

Betelgeuse

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Betelgeuse is a red giant star located in Orion. It is the largest star visible to the naked eye, if was located where our Sun is, it would extend out past the asteroid belt. It also a variable star with…

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  • Constellation Orion
  • Right Ascension 05h 55m 10.30s
  • Declination +07° 24′ 25.43"
  • Distance (Lightyears) 700
  • Telescope GSO 254mm RC
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Tuesday, 24 December 2019 15:16

Messier 74

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M 74 is a an example of a "grand design" spiral galaxy, which means it has well defined spiral arms. It has a low surface brightness, that makes is one of the more difficult Messier objects, but the face on…

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  • Constellation Pisces
  • Right Ascension 01h 36m 41.8s
  • Declination +15° 47′ 01″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 32 million
  • Telescope GSO 254mm RC
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Friday, 20 December 2019 12:48

NGC 381

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NGC 381 is an open cluster located in Cassiopeia, somewhat difficult to make out due the the large number of stars visible in this area of the sky. Its estimated age is around 300 million years.

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  • Constellation Cassiopeia
  • Right Ascension 01h 08m 19.9s
  • Declination +61° 35′ 02″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 3,000
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Friday, 06 December 2019 15:12

NGC 1931

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NGC 1931 an emission/reflection nebula located in Auriga. Sometimes referred to as a baby Orion nebula, and even has a Trapezium of four stars located in the nebula.

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  • Constellation Auriga
  • Right Ascension 5h 31m
  • Declination +34° 15′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 7,000
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Friday, 06 December 2019 11:41

NGC 654

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NGC 654 is a open cluster located in Cassiopeia. A relative young cluster with around 80 members. A hite of a dust lane can be seen to the lower right of the cluster, and some of the outer members show…

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  • Constellation Cassiopeia
  • Right Ascension 01h 44m 00s
  • Declination +61° 53′ 06″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 7,800
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Thursday, 05 December 2019 15:54

Messier 33

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Messier 33 is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation of Triangulum, for that reason it is often called the Triangulum Galaxy. Sometimes referred to as the Pinwheel Galaxy, but that is the name given to Messier 101. It is…

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  • Constellation Triangulum
  • Right Ascension 01h 33m 50.02s
  • Declination +30° 39′ 36.7″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2.7 million
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 13:45

Messier 76

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Messier 76 is a planetary nebula located in Perseus. Sometimes referred to as the little Dumbbell Nebula or Barbell Nebula. Spanning around 1.2 light years across and located some 2,500 light years away makes it one of the more challenging…

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  • Constellation Perseus
  • Right Ascension 01h 42.4m
  • Declination +51° 34′ 31″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2,500
  • Telescope GSO 254mm RC
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Saturday, 09 November 2019 02:50

NGC 7741

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NGC 7741 A barred spiral located in the Pegasus constellation. A barred galaxy has a central bar with spiral arms trailing off of the bar. Many additional distant background galaxies are also in this image.

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  • Constellation Pegasus
  • Right Ascension 23h 43m 54.4s
  • Declination +26° 04′ 32″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 41 million
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Friday, 01 November 2019 21:10

Messier 103

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It is an open cluster located in the constellation of Cassiopeia. It is a small and remote cluster at a distance of about 10,000 light years and contains around 100 members. It has an estimated age of around 25 million…

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  • Constellation Cassiopeia
  • Right Ascension 01h 33.2m
  • Declination +60° 42′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 10,000
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Friday, 25 October 2019 14:33

NGC 7662 The Blue Snowball Nebula

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One of these lights is not like the rest, tiny NGC 7662 aka The Blue Snowball. It is a planetary nebula located in the constellation of Andromeda. The bright star in the top left corner is 13 And. Annotated image…

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  • Constellation Andromeda
  • Right Ascension 23h 25m 54s
  • Declination +42° 32′ 6″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2,000 - 6,000 Various estimates
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Thursday, 24 October 2019 12:47

NGC 6939

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Open cluster NGC 6939 located in Cepheus. Located some 3,800+ light years away and an older cluster estimated at over 1 billion years of age.

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  • Constellation Cepheus
  • Right Ascension 20h 31m 30s
  • Declination +60° 39′ 42″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 3,800
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
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