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DEEP SKY photos

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2016 Gallery
Flaming Star Nebula
IC405 - Flaming Star Nebula

The Flaming Star Nebula (IC405) is an emission/reflection nebula found in the constellation of Auriga. The nebula lies about 1,500 light-years away from Earth. This was a very difficult target to capture with an SLR camera as the nebula is so faint.



Exposures:  47x 5 minute exposures
Taken through the ED80 telescope
NGC891 Galaxy
NGC891 Galaxy

A beuatiful distant 'edge on' view galaxy in the constellation of Andromeda. This galaxy is around 30 million light years away and very faint.



Exposures:  33x 5 minute exposures
Taken through the ED80 telescope
Triangulum Galaxy (M33)
Triangulum Galaxy (M33)

Located in the constellation of the same name, this beautiful galaxy is very difficult to observe both optically and with the naked eye. Being so close to our own galaxy, m33 fills up an area of the sky larger than the full moon and is one of the very few galaxies visible to the naked eye although not as easy to observe as the Andromeda galaxy, you would need very dark skies and a moonless night to see it



Exposures:  58x 5 minute exposures
Taken through the ED80 telescope
Stephan's Quintet
Stephan's Quintet

More new targets for me, this time a very difficult "Stephan's Quintet" (Upper right), a group of five tightly packed galaxies with nearby larger galaxy ngc7331 (lower left) in the constellation of Pegasus

Exposures:  29x 5 minute exposures
250px / Modded Canon 1000D
NGC3718 & NGC3729
NGC3718 & NGC3729 Galaxies

This pair of barred spiral galaxies are not just optically close together, they are interacting with each other causing the disruption in their shape. The larger of the two (ngc 3718) is showing this more clearly



Exposures:  55x 5 minute exposures
Taken through the 250px telescope
NGC6946 Galaxy
NGC6946 Galaxy

Located on the border of the constellations of Cygnus and Cephius, ngc6946 (aka the fireworks galaxy), is a new target for me.



Exposures:  25x 5 minute exposures
Taken through the 250px telescope
2015 Gallery
M106 Spiral Galaxy
M106 Spiral Galaxy

Another nice spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices thought to be between 22 and 25 million light years distant. Limited time to get too many exposures due to telescope collision risk



Exposures:  14x 5 minute exposures
Taken through the 250px telescope
Cocoon Galaxy (NGC4490)
Cocoon Galaxy (NGC4490)

A pair of serverely warped interacting galaxies, NGC4490 & NGC4485 in Coma Berenices thought to be between 40-50 million light years distant. Together they are known as the Cocoon Galaxy



Exposures:  17x 5 minute exposures
250px / Modded Canon 1000D
The Sombrero Galaxy (M104)
The Sombrero Galaxy (M104)

The galaxy that resembles a Sombrero hat located in the constellation Virgo. My first ever attempt at this unbarred spiral galaxy galaxy 28 million light years away. Due to its low position on the Southern horizon, I've been unable to even attempt imaging this object. Since moving house this has all changed!.

Exposures:  15x 5 minute exposures
250px / Modded Canon 1000D
Cone Nebula
The Cone Nebula

Also known as the 'Christmass Tree Nebula' this was a first try at this very dark object. Its a very nice region to image, I think I just need to get more exposure time on it to bring out more brightness and detail. The shape at the bottom of the image is what sometimes gives its name as the 'Christmas Tree Nebula'.

Exposures:  24x6 minute exposures
Taken through the ED80 telescope
The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)
The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)

I promised myself I would revisit the whirlpool galaxy this spring. Here is my first attempt. Not bad considering its not the amount of exposure time I would have liked to get




Exposures:  23x5 + 7x6 minute exposures
250px / Modded Canon 1000D
M100 Spiral Galaxy
M100 Spiral Galaxy

I'm surprised I've not yet imaged messier's 100th object. The spiral galaxy that is M101 is not one of the visually larger spirals but still a nice photo (click to see a wide field view)




Exposures:  22x6 minute exposures
250px / Modded Canon 1000D
2014 Gallery
 
M13 Hercules Cluster
M13 Hercules Cluster

I've lost count how many times I've gone back to image this object, this is probably my best effort to date. Thought to contain around 300,000 stars, it's a showpiece summer deep sky object which is a delight to both observe and image in a telescope.

Exposures:  19x5 minute exposures
Taken through the 250px telescope
M82 Supernova
M82 Supernova

Discovered in mid January, SN 2014J is a supernova as indicated in this image taken on February 01st 2014. My first image of a supernova.



Exposures:  9x4 minute exposures
Taken through the ED80 telescope
2013 Gallery
 
 
NGC281
NGC281

NGC281 is a large diffuse nebula featuring a cluster of stars within it. Located in Cassiopiea, this is my first attempt at this nebula. It was taken with my ED80 scope, I'm tempted to try it with the larger 250px in time to get more detail from that nice dark region

Exposures:  24x6 minute exposures
Taken through the ED80 telescope
Elephant's Trunk Nebula
The Elephants Trunk Nebula

I've never attempted imaging this beautiful nebula before and my first result is very pleasing. Located in Cepheus, this image is part of a much larger nebula full of dense ionized gas



Exposures:  19x6 minute exposures
Taken through the 250px telescope
The Iris Nebula
The Iris Nebula

Another of the few reflection nebula that I've imaged. Reflection nebula don't emit light themselves, the gas is illuminated by neighbouring stars. This particular example is found in Cepheus



Exposures:  28x5 minute exposures
ED80 / Modded Canon 1000D
Eastern Veil Nebula
Eastern Veil Nebula

Having imaged the Western Veil a couple of times (shown further down the page), I thought I should concentrate on the other side. Part of the Veil Nebula Complex which can be seen in the widefield section of the gallery


Exposures:  30x5 minute exposures
ED80 / Modded Canon 1000D
The Great Wall' in Cygnus
The Great Wall in Cygnus

A beautiful part of Cygnus, The great wall which forms part of the much larger North America Nebula (a full image of this nebula can be seen in the Widefiled section of the gallery

Exposures:  16x6 minute exposures
Taken through the ED80 telescope
The Sunflower Galaxy
The Sunflower Galaxy

This is the first time I've imaged this galaxy. Nicknamed the sunflower galaxy for obvious reasons, it has some beautiful intricate spiral arms with many tiny colourful nebula inside

Exposures:  18x6 minute exposures
Skywatcher 250px / Modded Canon 1000D
The Pinwheel Galaxy
The Pinwheel Galaxy

My second attempt at this beautiful photogenic galaxy thought to be 20 million light years distant



Exposures:  38x6 minute exposures
Skywatcher 250px / Modded Canon 1000D
2012 Gallery
 
 
NGC2903 Barred Spiral Galaxy
NGC2903 Barred Spiral Galaxy

My first image of a barred spiral galaxy, located in Leo.

Exposures:  21x5 minute exposures
Taken through the 250px telescope
M81 Revisited again
M81 Galaxy

One of my most photographed galaxies, and for good reason. My first attempt with the modded camera.

Exposures:  18x6 minute exposures
Modded Canon 1000D and 250px telescope
NGC2841
ngc2841

A faint but beautiful galaxy showing some intricate detail in its tightly wound spiral arms. Located in Ursa Major

Exposures:  31x6 minute exposures
Modded Canon 1000D & 250px Telscope
Leo Triplet, again
Leo Triplet, again

Had to have another go at these photogenic galaxies with the modded camera.

Exposures:  34x5 minute exposures
Taken through the 250px telescope
The Horsehead & Flame Nebula
The Horsehead & Flame Nebula

One of the most beautiful parts of the sky, the Horsehead & Flame Nebula located on the edge of Orion's Belt. The red glow comes from vast amounts of gas, enough to make santander consumer usa emission experts cringe, that is being ionised by a nearby star Sigma Orionis (Seen at the far top of the image). The bright star in this image is called Alnitak (The left hand star of Orions Belt).

Exposures: 73x6 minute exposures & 25x5 minute exposures (9hours 20 mins)
The Rosette Nebula
The Rosette Nebula

Another beautiful photogenic nebula, this time in Monoceros. The giant molecular cloud is a large object in the sky covering an area the size of 4 full moons! The nebula is very difficult to see even in a telescope. The cluster of stars in the centre however are readily visible in binoculars

Exposures:  47x5 minute exposures
Modded Canon 1000D and Skywatcher ED80 Telescope
The Heart & Soul Nebulas
The Heart & Soul Nebulas

Two very large yet faint nebulas found in Cassiopeia. The cluster to the left is the Perseus Double Cluster. Taken with Canon 1000D and Sigma 70-300mm lens (at 135mm)

Exposures:  22x8 minute exposures
Modded Canon 1000D with 70-300mm lens (@135mm)
2011 Gallery
The North America Nebula (NGC7000)
The North America Nebula

This beautiful nebula is too large to fit in my field of view but this is the 'mexico' region of the North American Nebula. A very faint nebula that is difficult to image with a DSLR camera

Exposures:  94x 5 minute exposures (7 hours 50 mins)
The Dumbbell Nebula (M27)
The Dumbbell Nebula

I had another go at taking this bright deep sky object with my new modified camera giving pleasing results
 

Exposures:  18x 5 minute exposures, 1000D camera and ED80 Telescope
 
The Horsehead & Flame Nebula
The Horsehead & Flame Nebula

One of the most beautiful areas of the sky to photograph found in Orion
 

Exposures:  55x 6 minute and 19x 5 minute exposures (7 hours approx)
M11 - The Wild Duck Cluster
The Wild Duck Cluster

One of the most dense open clusters, The Wild Duck Cluster in Scutum
 

Exposures:  9x 4 minute exposures
M71
M71

Another dense cluster, this time found in Sagitta
 

Exposures:  9x 5 minute exposures
2010 Gallery
The 'second' Leo Triplet
The second Leo Triplet

From left to right, M105 elliptical galaxy, M96 and M95 spiral galaxies all found in the constellation of Leo
 

Exposures:  30x 5 minute exposures
The Andromeda Galaxy
The Andromeda Galaxy

A new attempt at imaging the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), taken at Slapton, South Devon. With very dark skies and no need for a light pollution filter I got a great result.

Exposures:  19x 5 minute exposures
The Ring Nebula
The Ring Nebula

An almost perfect ring in the sky. The remnants of a star that shed its atmosphere just as our star will in billions of years time. The small central star can be seen in this image

Exposures:  7x 5 minute exposures
The Perseus Double Cluster
The Perseus Double Cluster

One of my favourite deep sky objects to observe is the Perseus Double Cluster. A wonderful sight in both binoculars and modest sized scope. Oddly, its hard to capture the visual beauty of this object with photography.
 

Exposures:  18x 5 minute exposures @ISO400
The Crab Nebula (M1)
The Crab Nebula (M1)

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Exposures:  39x 5 minute exposures @ISO800
The Bubble Nebula
The Bubble Nebula

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Exposures:  25x 5 minute exposures @ISO800
2009 Gallery
M42 & The Running Man
M42 & The Running Man

The Great Orion Nebula and 'The Running Man' is one of the most beautiful area's of the whole sky featuring a vast cloud of gas and dust where star formation is taking place.

Exposures:  30x 25second exposures and 16x 5 minute exposures combined
 
 
M13 Hercules Cluster (Redo)
M13 - Hercules Cluster

A much improved photo of the great Hercules Golbular Cluster. (Click to enlarge to see the detail captured).

Exposures:  10x 3 minute exposures @ ISO 800
Western Veil Nebula
Western Veil Nebula

Also known as 'the witches broom', this extremely faint object is part of the large veil nebula in Cygnus. Its the remaining gas and material left over from an exploded star

Exposures:  25x 5 minute and 23x 10 minute exposures @ ISO 800
M15 Globular Cluster
M15 - Globular Cluster

M15 is a compact example of a globular cluster that can be found in Pegasus

Exposures:  30x 3 minute exposures @ ISO 800
M99 Spiral Galaxy
M99 - Spiral Galaxy

A Spiral Galaxy, the first galaxy I have imaged that lies in the constellation of Virgo. This area of sky is littered with galaxies

Exposures:  15x 5 minute exposures @ ISO 800
M81 Spiral Galaxy
M81 - Spiral Galaxy

Another spectacular spiral galaxy found in Ursa Major. This is a more detailed picture of one of the Bodes Galaxies seen further down the page.

Exposures:  18x 5 minute exposures @ ISO 800
NGC 4565
NGC4565 - Spiral Galaxy

An improved image of this fantastic edge on view spiral galaxy in the constellation of Coma Berenices

Exposures:  25x 5 minute exposures @ ISO 800
M101 The Pinwheel Galaxy
M101 - Pinwheel Galaxy

My first go at this galaxy and also my first time using my new guiding setup. A wonderful 'face on' galaxy in Ursa Major that is thought to be around 20 million light years distant.

Exposures:  26x 4 minute exposures @ ISO 800
M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy
M51 - Wirlpool Galaxy

A well known and very photogenic spiral galaxy famous for its neighbouring companion appearing to extend off from the main galaxy. I hope to add more exposures to this when the opportunity arrives.

Exposures:  50x 4 minute exposures @ ISO 800 (two nights imaging combined)
The Leo Triplet RevisitedThe Leo Triplet Revisited

An improved photo of the Leo Triplet as seen in my 2007/2008 gallery. This time I've added more longer exposures to last years making a vast improvement on the image.

Exposures:  37x30 seconds (last year) and 20x 4 minute exposures @ ISO 800

Click to see the 2007-2008 Gallery