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The Horse Head Nebula is the nearby neighbor of the Flame nebula (a photo of this nebula is in this gallery also). It is possible to image both the Flame nebula and Horse Head nebula in the same frame when wide field photography is used. This image was taken with a TeleView Pronto telescope mounted to a LX200 10" telescope. A Meade 416 CCD and 616 color filter wheel was used to image in red, green, blue and clear filtered images.
M 27 is also know as the Dumb-bell nebula because of the shape of the nebula cloud. Others think the nebula looks like and apple core or hour glass. Some astronomers place this object about 975 light years away with a size estimated to be about 2.5 light years large from end to end.
This is a color image of M 27 taken with red, green, blue and clear colored filters. There is a black and white photo of M 27 in the gallery also.
Located in the part of the sky called Taurus... the Crab Nebula is one of the most interesting objects in the sky. This is a super-nova remnant. The Crab expands at a rate of about 600 miles a second as the gas and dust move away from the explosion that took place more than 760 years ago when a star in the center of the gas exploded and went super-nova. There are Chinese writings from July 5, 1054 that document a bright light in the sky which could be seen during the daytime hours. Many astronomers think this defines the day man observed a super-nova event from Earth and wrote about it. See the color image provided in this gallery.
Imaged with red, green, blue and clear filters. Images were then combined to give you the image seen here. A Meade LX200 was used at prime focus to get the photo. The image in black and white of the same nebula (also in this gallery) was taken with an 8" LX200 telescope. You can see the size differences between the two images.
This is a large scattered star cluster immersed in a vast diffuse nebula which can only be seen using long exposure astrophotography techniques. In the telescope you can see a dull "smudge" with very little shape and definition. The best estimate as to the distance of M16 from Earth is about 8,000 light years. The nebula area seen here is about 70 light years wide. The central portion of the nebula is about 25 light years so it could contain 20,000 Earth related solar systems with little trouble.
M2 lies at a distance of about 50,000 light years fom Earth. It is in the part of the sky direction known as Aquarius. It is estimated to be abut 150 light years wide. The cluster contains not less than 100,000 stars. The image was taken with the Meade 416 CCD and LX200 10" telescope at the observatory.
There are several dark lanes of very dense matter in this nebula. Estimates place the nebula about 5,500 light years away. This image was taken with a 416 Meade CCD camera and the TeleView 76mm telescope mounted on the LX200 10" scope in the observatory. There are 6 images in clear, red, blue and green combined to get this one image.
This is a color version of the ring nebula. There is a black and white image in the gallery aslo. It is made up of 6 images in red, 6 images in green, 6 images in blue and 6 images in clear filtration. All images are then combined to make the color version you see here.
The Ring Nebula is located about 1400 light years away. Through the telescope it looks like a "puff of smoke" from a smoke ring. This image was taken with a 10" LX 200 telescope and CCD camera. You can see two stars in the center of the ring.
This image was taken at the Prescott observatory site. M78 is described as a bright difuse nebula. A Meade 10" LX200, 416 CCD and 616 color wheel was used to take the photo. There are 12 red, 12 green, 12 blue and 12 clear images taken at 45 seconds each stacked in one image to get this picture. The nebula is about 2 to 3 light years wide. It is about 1600 light years away from the Earth. You can see 2 B-type giant stars in the dust of the nebula and some young, small, hot stars in the far lower left part of the nebula.
This is a large, difuse nebula. This image is a combination of twenty two exposures in red, green, clear and blue filtration. This object is in the Sagittarius area of the sky. You can clearly see the dark lanes that we know are dark nebula areas. This nebula is about 5,200 light years away.
This nebula is located in the sky near the three belt stars of Orion. This part of the sky is called the region of Zeta Orionis. Some people call this nebula the Maple Leaf nebula. It is a good example of dark nebulocity in the lanes of dark matter that define the leaf or flame parts of the image.
This image shows the NGC 2244 area which is the upper right side of the Rosette Nebula. This image was taken with a CCD camera and TeleView 76mm telescope piggy backed to a LX200 10" telescope. Exposures in red, green and blue were combined to make this image.
The Veil Nebula is a cloud of dust and other material located about 1500 light years away. About 30,000 to 40,000 years ago a great star in this region went super-nova and exploded. The gas, dust and other materials from the star were thrown off from the explosion into space. The matter we see is part of the left over dust cloud from that event. It is illuminated much like a neon light bulb by the other stars in the area.