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Thursday, 24 August 2017 15:52

M 7

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An open cluster of stars in the constellation of Scorpio. The cluster consists of about 80 members, and lies at a distance of around 980 light years. Charles Messier cataloged the cluster in 1764. The cluster resides in front of…
Thursday, 24 August 2017 15:31

M 20 - Trifid Nebula

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Discovered by Charles Messier in 1764, the Trifid consists of several different components. First there is the open cluster of stars that formed from the nebula. The ionizing radiation from those stars causes the gas to glow with a reddish…
Thursday, 27 July 2017 23:29

M 26

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Messier 26 is an open cluster located in the constellation of Scutum. The cluster contains around 90 stars, with an estimated age of 89 million years. Distance to the cluster is 5,000 light years. Imaged with the RC10 and Zwo…
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 16:07

M 13, July 4th Edition

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Celebrated the July 4th holiday by imaging one of the brightest and best known globular cluster visible in the northern hemisphere. M13 contains an estimated 300,000 stars. Often called the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, it is conveniently located in…
Friday, 30 June 2017 19:47

M 16 aka The Eagle Nebula (2017)

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M16 is a young open cluster surrounded by an emission nebula, it was made famous by the Hubble image "Pillars of Creation" visible in the center of the nebula. NASA revisits the Eagle NebulaThe nebula has several active star forming…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:55

Asteroid 2014 JO25 Close Approach

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On April 19th asteroid 2014 JO25 made its closest approach to Earth at a distance of about 1 million miles. The asteroid was discovered in May 2014 by astronomers using the Catalina Sky survey. Radar imaging of the asteroid shows…
Sunday, 30 April 2017 16:11

V Ori

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As Orion sets in the western sky, I say goodbye to one of the long period variable stars I follow until Fall when it starts rising in the east. V Ori is a Mira type variable star that varies between…
Friday, 17 March 2017 13:29

NGC 2261 - Hubble's Variable Nebula 2017

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NGC 2261 is often called Hubble's Variable Nebula. Named after Edwin Hubble, who carried out some of the earlier studies of this object. Discovered in 1783 by William Herschel, and was the first object photographed by the 200 inch Hale…
Thursday, 02 February 2017 16:42

Twin Quasar

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The Twin Quasars were one of the first observable effects of gravitational lensing. Light passing through a galaxy YGKOW G1 and its associated cluster located between Earth and the quasar is bent by the gravity of the galaxy cluster to…
Thursday, 08 December 2016 16:14

CTA 102

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Blazar CTA 102 is another blazar that has flared up recently. Discovered in the 1960s by radio telescope surveys.The unidentified radio source was originally speculated to be aliens, but was later identified as a type of quasar. The blazar which…
Saturday, 26 November 2016 13:31

OJ 287

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While it might not look impressive in this image, consider that most of the stars visible in this image are only a few thousand light years away, while OJ 287 is 3.5 billion light years away. What powers this system…
Saturday, 26 November 2016 12:28

M 74 A Grand Design Spiral Galaxy

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Messier 74 with its two distinct spiral arms presents a face on view of a "grand design spiral" Sc galaxy. Located in the constellation of Pisces at a distance of 30 million light years, the galaxy contains some 100 billion…
Friday, 11 November 2016 16:46

NGC 869,NGC 884 Double Cluster in Perseus

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NGC 869 and NGC 884 are commonly called the Double Cluster. Located in the constellation of Perseus, both are young clusters with an age of 12-13 million years old and are only separated by a few hundred light years. Estimated…
Thursday, 03 November 2016 13:25

NGC 7822

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NGC 7822 also referred to as Sharpless 171 is star forming region of gas and dust located in the constellation of Cepheus. One of the stars in this region is BD+66 1673 is one of the hottest stars discovered in…
Saturday, 29 October 2016 00:05

TCP J18102829-2729590 Nova

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On October 20th while doing sky patrol with his 180 mm lens, Koicho Itagaki from Japan discovered a "new" star in Sagittarius that wasn't there the previous time. The star, temporarily given the designation of TCP J18102829-2729590 until it's permanent…
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 12:57

NGC 891

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NGC 891 is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation of Andromeda. From our viewpoint it is edge on. It is thought that this is how our Milky Way galaxy would look from that angle, being similar to our galaxy.…
Thursday, 13 October 2016 18:09

NGC 6946, NGC 6939 Galaxy vs Open Cluster

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On the left we have NGC 6939, an open cluster located in the rich star fields of the constellation of Cepheus. It lies at an estimated distance of 3860 light years.On the right, is NGC 6946, an intermediate spiral galaxy.…
Thursday, 13 October 2016 15:22

NGC 7789

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NGC 7789 is an open cluster in Cassiopeia. Often called Caroline's Rose or The White Rose. It was discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1783. The cluster lies at a distance of 7600 light years away. I was curious about the…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 23:55

RX And

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RX And is a recurring dwarf nova star located in the constellation of Andromeda. Currently classified in the class of Z Camelopardalis variable stars, it consists of a white dwarf with an accretion disk siphoning matter from a secondary dwarf…
Friday, 09 September 2016 16:50

Asteroid Cohnia

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Asteroid Cohnia (almost) passes in front of a 13.5 magnitude star. I think I was just barely out of the occulation path. It was a good practice run, although much brighter objects would allow short exposures to determine the actual…
Friday, 09 September 2016 16:39

NGC 7023 The Iris Nebula

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NGC 7023 The Iris NebulaNGC 7023 is another reflection nebula located in the constellation of Cepheus. The light from a cluster of stars reflect off the dust grains with a blueish light. Image taken with the 80 mm refractor using…
Friday, 09 September 2016 16:28

HD164595 - Signals from Space

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HD164595 is a G type star located in the constellation of Hercules. It is thought to have at least one planet roughly a mass of 16 times of Earth. It's claim to fame came in 2016 when a Russian team…
Friday, 09 September 2016 16:14

NGC 7129

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NGC 7129 is a reflection nebula located in the constellation of Cepheus. A young open cluster illuminates the surrounding gas with a blue light reflecting off the dust. Also in the picture on the left side is NGC 7142 which…
Friday, 09 September 2016 16:01

NGC 281 - Pacman Nebula

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NGC 281, often called the PacMan nebula, is a H II region located in the constellation of Cassiopeia. Approximately 9500 light years away, the high mass stars located in the cluster power the nebula. The image was taken with the…
Friday, 09 September 2016 15:44

Baade's Window

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Baade's window is area of lower amounts of interstellar gas and dust towards the nucleus of the Milky Way Galaxy. First noticed by Walter Baade, this area along with a few others offers a glimpse of the nucleus of our…
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