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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
Friday, 11 October 2019 11:55

NGC 6781

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NGC 6781 is a planetary nebula located in Aquila. It's outer shells blown off from the central star in its transition from red giant to white dwarf spans some two light years across.

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  • Constellation Aquila
  • Right Ascension 19h 18m 28s
  • Declination +6° 32′ 19.3″
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 12:43

NGC 7789

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NGC 7789 is an open cluster located in Cassiopeia. Often call Caroline's Rose or the White Rose, it was discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1783. It's estimated age is around 1.6 billion years.

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  • Constellation Cassiopeia
  • Right Ascension 23h 57m 24s
  • Declination +56° 42′ 30″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 7,600
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 13:51

NGC 7023 Iris Nebula

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NGC 7023 is a refection nebula, blue light from central hot young star SAO 19158 reflects off the dust grains illuminating the nebula. The nebula spans some 6 light years across. Spent some 33 hours imaging this object over August…

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  • Constellation Cepheus
  • Right Ascension 21h 01m 35.60s
  • Declination +68° 10′ 10.0"
  • Distance (Lightyears) 1,300
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Friday, 27 September 2019 12:17

NGC 6819

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GC 6819 an open cluster located in Cygnus. Its estimated age is around 2.5 billion years.

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  • Constellation Cygnus
  • Right Ascension 19h 41m 18s
  • Declination +40° 11′ 00″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 7,000
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 22:27

NGC 7008

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NGC 7008 is a planetary nebula located in Cygnus. it is sometimes called the Fetus Nebula. The shell is unusual in that it appears to have two different shells. One possibility that it was a binary star system with two…

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  • Constellation Cygnus
  • Right Ascension 21h 00m 32.503s
  • Declination +54° 32′ 36.18″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2,800
  • Telescope GSO 254mm RC
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Tuesday, 10 September 2019 14:00

M 15 (2019)

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Messier 15, one of the oldest globular clusters around our galaxy, estimated age of 12+ billion years, and a densely compacted core due to core collapse. M15 contains an estimated 100,000 stars. Imaged during first quarter Moon.

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  • Constellation Pegasus
  • Right Ascension 21h 29m 58.33s
  • Declination +12° 10′ 01.2″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 33,000
  • Telescope GSO 254mm RC
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Thursday, 05 September 2019 23:11

NGC 206

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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.

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  • Constellation Andromeda
  • Right Ascension 00h 40m 31.3s
  • Declination +40° 44′ 21″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2.5 million
  • Telescope GSO 254mm RC
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Thursday, 05 September 2019 18:45

M 57 (2019)

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M57 also called the Ring Nebula is a planetary nebula (planetary nebula have nothing to do with planets). They are formed when a star near the end of its evolutionary life expels its outer layers as it shrinks down to…

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  • Constellation Lyra
  • Right Ascension 18h 53m 35.079s
  • Declination +33°01’45.03”
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2,300
  • Telescope GSO 254mm RC
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Wednesday, 04 September 2019 23:03

Epsilon Lyrae

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Epsilon Lyrae is a a true binary star system with an orbit that is measured in hundred of thousands of years to complete an orbit. In addition, each star is also a binary star that can only be split using…

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  • Constellation Lyra
  • Right Ascension 18h 44m 20.34589s
  • Declination +39° 40′ 12.4533″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 162
  • Telescope GSO 254mm RC
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Saturday, 24 August 2019 12:12

NGC 6940

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NGC6940 is an open cluster located in Vulpecula. Some what difficult to see the cluster against the rich background of stars, the actual cluster contains several hundred members. Estimated age is 700+ million years and at distance of 2,500 light…

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  • Constellation Vulpecula
  • Right Ascension 20h 34m 26s
  • Declination +28° 17′ 00″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2,500
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 16:58

Albireo

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Albireo or Beta Cygni, is one of the finest double stars in the northern hemisphere. Located at the "beak" of Cygnus the Swan, the two stars show a vivid contrast in color. Although the two stars don't seem to be…

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  • Constellation Cygnus
  • Right Ascension 19h 30m 43.286s
  • Declination +27° 57′ 34.84″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 430
  • Telescope GSO 254mm RC
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 16:45

M 13 in the Moonlight

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One of the best known northern hemisphere globular clusters containing around 300,000 stars. Globular clusters are are old objects and M13 is estimated to be around 11.5 billion years old based on the amount of heavy metal contents in its…

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  • Constellation Hercules
  • Right Ascension 16h 41m 41.24s
  • Declination +36°27’35.5”
  • Distance (Lightyears) 22,200
  • Telescope GSO 254mm RC
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Friday, 09 August 2019 13:27

Hercules Galaxy Cluster

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Abell 2151 - Hercules Galaxy cluster. Over 200+ distant galaxies in this image. Galaxies are located 450-500 million light years away. Part of the larger Hercules super cluster. Annotated image follows..

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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
Friday, 09 August 2019 13:19

Moon Aug 8, 2019

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55% full Moon imaged on Aug 8, 2019 with the RC scope and Asi071 color camera. Single shot with image processing done using PixInsight software.

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  • Telescope GSO 254mm RC
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Friday, 09 August 2019 13:14

NGC 188

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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…

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  • Constellation Cepheus
  • Right Ascension 00h 48m 26s
  • Declination +85° 15.3′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 5,400
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Friday, 02 August 2019 13:34

NGC 4490

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NGC 4490, commonly called the Cocoon Galaxy is a disrupted barred spiral galaxy located in the constellation of Canes Venatici. A smaller companion galaxy NGC 4485 has interacted with it in the past, creating a distorted galaxy and helping to…

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  • Constellation Canes Venatici
  • Right Ascension 12h 30m 36.2s
  • Declination 41° 38′ 38″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 25
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera Atik 314l+ Mono ccd
Friday, 02 August 2019 13:12

Barnard's Star 2019

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Barnard's Star is a red dwarf star located 6 light years away in the constellation of Ophiuchus. Despite being relatively close, it is unable to be seen with out a telescope due to its dim nature. Being close by, and…

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  • Constellation Ophiuchus
  • Right Ascension 17h 57m 48.49803s
  • Declination +04° 41′ 36.2072"
  • Distance (Lightyears) 6
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Thursday, 04 July 2019 14:50

M 4 (2019)

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Messier 4 is a globular cluster located in the constellation of Scorpius. M4 is one of the nearer globular clusters at a distance of 7,200 light years. It was one of the first globular clusters to be resolved as a…

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  • Constellation Scorpius
  • Right Ascension 16h 23m 35.22s
  • Declination –26° 31′ 32.7″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 7,200
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Wednesday, 29 May 2019 01:58

M 92

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Globular cluster M92, less well known than the more famous M13, despite being one of the brightest globular clusters in the northern hemisphere. It is also estimated to b one of the oldest globular clusters at an estimated 14.2 billion…

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  • Constellation Hercules
  • Right Ascension 17h 17m 07.39s
  • Declination +43° 08′ 09.4″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 26,700
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera Atik 314l+ Mono ccd
Wednesday, 29 May 2019 01:55

M 13

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Messier 13, the Great Globular cluster located in the constellation of Hercules. It is one of the brightest and best know globular clusters in the northern hemisphere. The cluster has a diameter of around 145 light years and contains about…

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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
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