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Open Cluster

Beehive Cluster – Messier 44

M44, the Beehive Cluster, is an open cluster in the constellation Cancer. M44 is the second brightest cluster in the Messier Catalog. Only the Pleiades are brighter. The really beautiful part is the combination of yellow and blue stars. Object Names The open cluster “Beehive Cluster” (M44, NGC 2632 or Cr 189) is part of […]

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Galaxy

Bode’s Galaxy – Messier 81

The Bode’s Galaxy is a spiral Galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major. The galaxy is about 12.000.000 LJ away. Another catalog number of the Bode’s Galxay beside Messier 81, M81 is NGC 3031. The Galaxy is namegiving for the galaxygroup M81.

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Galaxy

Cigar Galaxy – Messier 82

The Cigar Galaxy is an irregular galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major and is about 14.000.000 LJ away. Another catalog number of Messier 82, M82 is NGC 3034. The galaxy belongs to the galaxygroup M81.

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Galaxy

Pinwheel Galaxy – Messier 101

The Pinwheel Galaxy is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major. The galaxy is about 16.000.000 LJ away from us and has an expanse of 170.000 LJ. Object Names Another catalog numer of Messier 101, M101 is NGC 5457. In optical neighborhood we can see the dwarfgalaxy NGC 5477 and the galaxy NGC 5473. […]

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Galaxy

Triangulum Galaxy – Messier 33

“The Triangulum Galaxy is a spiral galaxy 2.73 million light-years (ly) from Earth in the constellation Triangulum. It is catalogued as Messier 33 or NGC (New General Catalogue) 598. With the D25 isophotal diameter of 18.74 kiloparsecs (61,100 light-years), the Triangulum Galaxy is the third-largest member of the Local Group of galaxies, behind the Andromeda Galaxy and the Milky Way. It is one of the most distant permanent objects that can be viewed with the naked eye. The […]

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Reflection Nebula

NGC 6914

NGC 6914 is a reflection nebula (blue) in the constellation Cygnus. The Nebula is about 6000 lightyears away and is part of our Milky Way. NGC 6914 is surrounded by a region of emission nebula (red).

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Astronomy Astrophotography Clear Skies Deep Sky Object Milky Way Space

Astrophoto: Horsehead Nebula Barnard 33, Clear Skies 28+29

Two evenings of full moon. Since there was no other opportunity, i used the time to photograph the Horsehead Nebula with the L-Extreme.

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Open Cluster Reflection Nebula

The Pleiades – Messier 45

Astronomy The Pleiades are an open cluster in the constellation Taurus. The Pleiades are also known as the “Seven Sisters”. The Pleiades are not registered in the “New Global Catalog” and therefore they do not have a NGC number. But some of the reflection nebula inside the Pleiades are registered there. The Pleiades are a […]

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Astronomy Astrophotography Clear Skies Comet Deep Sky Object Solar System Space

Comet Leonard, C2021-A1, Clear Sky 27

I was able to make a picture at one of the latest possible days in december 2021 in the northern hemisphere.

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Astronomy Astrophotography Deep Sky Object Galaxy Space

Astrophoto: Andromeda Galaxy M31, Clear Skies 25+26

Two evenings without flattener fuss. The config is ok for now and i wanted to see the performance on a real picture.

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