IC 1805 (The Heart and Fish Head Nebula)

This is IC1805, also known as the Heart Nebula. This is a large nebula about 7500 light-years away from us.

The nebula shines bright red due to all the hydrogen gas excited by the nearby stars. The center of the nebula has a cluster of stars that contribute to this as well.

The other significant part of this nebula is NGC896, also known as the Fish Head Nebula. I captured this a few days ago in incredible light-polluted skies in my apartment complex.

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NGC 7380 (The Wizard Nebula)

Sometimes it’s fun to work with bad data because you’re not expecting much and it turns out OK.

The Wizard seems to be my arch-nemesis so far. This is the second time I’ve tried this target with little luck. I had issues with flats and I was able to crop in and salvage some of the data.

I will be trying this again later this month. The third time is the charm.

This is NGC 7360 The Wizard Nebula. This is a star cluster/emission nebula in Cepheus.

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IC 1805 (The Elephant Trunk Nebula)

IC1396, also known as The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula, is a region full of installer gas and dust. This isn’t as colorful as my previous images, but it’s a fun target to image. Elephant’s Trunk Nebula is a star-forming region with several young stars.

I took this at Cherry Springs State Park, PA, over the last new moon weekend.

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Messier 33 (The Triangulum Galaxy)

Messier 33 also known as the Triangulum Galaxy is one of the most beautiful face-on galaxies in the night sky. This is part of our local group of galaxies which includes, Andromeda, The Magellanic Clouds, and our own Milkyway.

I took this image at Cherry Springs State Park a truly dark site in Pennsylvania.

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NGC 7635 (The Bubble Nebula)

NGC 7635 also known as the Bubble Nebula is an emission nebula in Cassiopeia. This Bubble is a result of very fast stellar winds from a massive star in the middle.

I took this picture a few days ago. It was almost a full moon at 97% and I used an Optolong L-eNhance 2″ filter to counter light pollution and the moon.

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