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Thursday, 04 July 2019 14:50

Messier 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

Messier 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

Messier 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
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 17:48

Supernova 2019ein

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Supernova 2019ein a type 1a is located in the lenticular galaxy NGC5353 in the galaxy cluster of Hickson 68. Imaged the night of May 14, 2019. Annotated image follows.

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  • Constellation Canes Venatici
  • Right Ascension 13:53:29.134
  • Declination +40:16:31.40
  • Distance (Lightyears) 110 million
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera Atik 314l+ Mono ccd
Tuesday, 14 May 2019 23:54

Messier 3

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Messier 3 is one of the largest, brightest globular cluster in the night sky. It contains an estimated 500,000 stars. Located in the constellation of Canes Venatici at a distance of 33,900 light years away from Earth. The cluster contains…

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  • Constellation Canes Venatici
  • Right Ascension 13h 42m 11.62s
  • Declination +28°22’38.2”
  • Distance (Lightyears) 33,900
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Saturday, 27 April 2019 15:28

Leo Triplet

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Leo Triplet (M65, M66, NGC 3628) in my favorite orientation. The galaxies form part of the M66 Group. The three galaxies show signs of gravitational interaction in the past. M66 has drawn out spiral arms that show a high rate…

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  • Constellation Leo
  • Right Ascension 11h 17m
  • Declination +13°25′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 35 million
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Friday, 26 April 2019 15:57

Open Cluster NGC 2423

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Open Cluster NGC2423 located in Puppis located about 2,500 light years away. At least one exo-planet has been confirmed orbiting a the red giant star NGC2423-3 with a mass of 10 times of Jupiter. 

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  • Constellation Puppis
  • Right Ascension 07h 37m
  • Declination -13°52'
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2497
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera Atik 314l+ Mono ccd
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 18:08

Messier 81 and Messier 82

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Messier 81 is a spiral galaxy about half the size of the Milky Galaxy with a diameter of 90,000 light years, lies about 12 million light years away. Messier 82 has a diameter of 37,000 light years and is classified…

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  • Constellation Ursa Major
  • Right Ascension 09h 55m 33.2s
  • Declination +69° 3′ 55″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 12 million
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Friday, 05 April 2019 14:55

NGC 2539

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NGC 2539, an open cluster in Puppis. Estimated age of the cluster is 370 million years and contains several hundred possible members. The cluster lies about 4,400 light years away, the brighter star is 19 Puppis a multiple star system…

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  • Constellation Puppis
  • Right Ascension 08h 10m 37s
  • Declination −12° 49′ 06″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 4,400
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera Atik 314l+ Mono ccd
Wednesday, 03 April 2019 10:09

NGC 4565 The Needle Galaxy

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NGC 4565 or the Needle Galaxy, edge on view of a spiral galaxy located in Coma Berenices, around 40 million light years away. A prominent dust lane is visible the entire length of the galaxy. Slightly larger than our own…

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  • Constellation Coma Berenices
  • Right Ascension 12h 36m 20.8s
  • Declination +25° 59′ 16″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 40 million +/- 10 million
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera Atik 314l+ Mono ccd
Monday, 01 April 2019 22:44

NGC 2301

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NGC 2301, an open cluster located in Monoceros awash in a sea of stars. Estimated age of 168 million years and 2,840 light years away.

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  • Constellation Monoceros
  • Right Ascension 06h 51m 45s
  • Declination +00° 27′ 36″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2,840
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Sunday, 31 March 2019 12:48

NGC 2261 - Hubble's Variable Nebula

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NGC 2261 - Hubble's Variable Nebula. Patterns in the nebula vary over time probably due to dust clouds that cover the star R Monocerotis at the tip are casting shadows on the illuminated nebula. Located in the constellation of Monoceros.…

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  • Constellation Monoceros
  • Right Ascension 6h 39m 10s
  • Declination +8° 45′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2,500
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera Atik 314l+ Mono ccd
Saturday, 30 March 2019 10:14

Messier 67

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Messier 67 is an open cluster located in the constellation of Cancer. It is one of the older closest open clusters at an estimated age of 3.2 to 5 billion years. Most clusters tend to disperse after their formation, but…

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  • Constellation Cancer
  • Right Ascension 08h 51.3m
  • Declination +11° 49′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2,600+
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Saturday, 30 March 2019 10:00

Messier 44

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Messier 44, or the Bee Hive Cluster, or originally Praesepe (the manger) is near by open cluster at a distance of 577 light years away. The cluster contains some 350 members. Visible to the naked eye, it has been known…

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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
Thursday, 28 March 2019 16:06

Kemble's Cascade

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Kembles's Cascade is an asterism of unrelated stars that form some type of pattern. Kemble's cascade forms a line of brighter stars starting near the open cluster of NGC 1502 (upper right) that flows down towards the lower left of…

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  • Constellation Camelopardalis
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Thursday, 28 March 2019 15:48

The Flame and the Horse

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NGC 2024 - Flame Nebula, Barnard 33 - Horse Head Nebula, and the bright star Alnitak that ionizes the Flame causing it to glow. Thicker patches of dust and gas in front of the nebula shows up as the dark…

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  • Constellation Orion
  • Right Ascension 05h 41m 54s
  • Declination −01° 51′ 0.0″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 1350
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Thursday, 14 February 2019 15:16

Messier 1

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Messier 1 is a supernova remnant located in Taurus. In 1054, Chinese astronomers recorded a bright new star that faded away over time. For awhile it was the 2nd brightest object in the night sky after the Moon shining at…

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  • Constellation Taurus
  • Right Ascension 05h 34m 31.94s
  • Declination +22° 00′ 52.2"
  • Distance (Lightyears) 6,500+
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera Atik 314l+ Mono ccd
Thursday, 14 February 2019 14:25

NGC 1502

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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…

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  • Constellation Camelopardalis
  • Right Ascension 04h 07.50m
  • Declination +62° 19.9
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2,700
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera Atik 314l+ Mono ccd
Wednesday, 16 January 2019 16:43

Orion Nebula and Surrounding Area

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The Orion Nebula or M42 is one of the brightest nebulae in the sky, visible as a "fuzzy" star in Orion's sword hanging from the belt. The Trapezium cluster named for the four brightest OB stars form a trapezoid figure…

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  • Constellation Orion
  • Right Ascension 05h 35m 17.3s
  • Declination −05° 23′ 28″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 1,350
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Wednesday, 16 January 2019 15:29

NGC 1501

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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…

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  • Constellation Camelopardalis
  • Right Ascension 04h 06m 59.39s
  • Declination +60° 55′ 14.4″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 4000-5000
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera Atik 314l+ Mono ccd
Wednesday, 02 January 2019 18:39

M 33 - Triangulum Galaxy

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M 33 or the Triangulum Galaxy at only 3 million light years away, is the third biggest galaxy in our local group of galaxies. It is a smaller spiral galaxy with a size of 60,000 light years across compared to…

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  • Constellation Triangulum
  • Right Ascension 01h 33m 50.02s
  • Declination +30° 39′ 36.7″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 3 million
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Wednesday, 02 January 2019 18:36

NGC 772

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Start off the year with a galaxy, NGC 772. 130 million light years away in Aries, at twice the size of our galaxy. Elongated spiral arm probably caused by one of its satellite galaxies.

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  • Constellation Aries
  • Right Ascension 01h 59m 19.6s
  • Declination +19° 00′ 27″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 130 million
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera Atik 314l+ Mono ccd
Wednesday, 19 December 2018 14:49

NGC 253 The Sculptor Galaxy

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Located in Sculptor, of course, the Sculptor Galaxy is sometimes referred to as the Silver Dollar Galaxy. It is one of the brighter galaxies after the ones in the Local Group. Discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1783, William Herschel added…

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  • Constellation Sculptor
  • Right Ascension 00h 47m 33s
  • Declination −25° 17′ 18″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 11.5 million
Wednesday, 19 December 2018 14:19

NGC 869 and NGC 884, The Double Cluster

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Located in the constellation of Perseus are the two open clusters of NGC 869 and NGC 884. Both are at a distance of around 7,500 light years away. Both are a relative young age of 13 million years. The clusters…

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  • Constellation Perseus
  • Right Ascension 2h 20m
  • Declination 57° 08′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 7,500
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Friday, 14 December 2018 13:19

Messier 77

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Messier 77 is an active galaxy located in the constellation of Cetus (The Sea Monster). It has an active galactic nucleus and is classified as a type 2 Seyfert galaxy. It is one of the closest of this type of…

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  • Constellation Cetus
  • Right Ascension 2h 42m 40.7s
  • Declination −00° 00′ 48″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 47 million
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera Atik 314l+ Mono ccd
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