Month: November 2018

NGC 300

NGC 300. NGC 300 is a large face-on low surface brightness spiral galaxy in Sculptor. NGC 300 has a stellar nucleus and prominent red HII regions across the galaxy, also bubble nebulae. NGC 300 is also a member of the Sculptor Group and is at a distance of 6.5 MLY. There is a small group of […]

NGC 247.

 NGC 247. NGC 247 is a dwarf spiral galaxy about 11 MLY distance in Cetus, and is a member of the Sculptor Group. The most striking feature of NGC 247 is the void, area of lack of stars at the lower part of this galaxy, hence its nickname of the Needle’s Eye Galaxy. The 5 […]

M 45 (Merope Nebula)

M 45  (Merope Nebula) The Merope  Nebula is a diffuse reflection nebula in the Pleiades star cluster, surrounding the 4th magnitude star Merope. The Pleiades are in the constellation of Taurus and at a distance of 440 light years. By random circumstances the star cluster is ploughing  through the dust cloud and  this dust cloud is not […]

NGC 3576 – NGC 3603

NGC 3576 – NGC 3603. NGC 3576 (Statue of Liberty Nebula). This complex episodes of star formation has contributed the 2 huge curved filaments of nebulosity and is in Carina at a distance of 9,000 light years. NGC 3603 is also another area of active star formation but at a much further distance of 20,000 […]

M 20 (The Trifid nebula)

M 20   (Trifid  Nebula) M20 is a bright emission nebula surrounded by blue reflection nebulosity. Dark fingers of obscuring dust dissect the nebula into 3 prominent sections, hence the name. A rare example of the 3 types of nebulosity on the one object. M20 is in the constellation of Sagittarius at a distance of 5,200 […]

NGC 6357 (The Lobster Nebula)

NGC 6357. (The Lobster Nebula) NGC 6357 is a diffuse nebula in Scorpius. This nebula contains many proto-stars and young stars wrapped in expanding cocoons of expanding gases. The distance is approx. 8,000 light years. The central open cluster (Pismis 24) has at least 20 stars some with masses above 100 solar masses.   Mosaic […]

AGC 840.

Abell Galaxy Cluster  840. AGC 840 is a faint distant galaxy cluster in Telescopium,  centred around a brighter central elliptical galaxy. The background is scattered with small faint galaxies of different sizes and orientation. F.O.V.   44 x 44 min of arc. Telescope.   10 Inch F 4.0 Newtonian. Camera.   S Big ST4000  XCM OSC CCD. Exposure.   14 x 600 […]