Deep Sky Gallery
M81 and M82 Galaxy
Messier 81 (left) is a grand design spiral galaxy about 12 million light-years away, with a diameter of 90,000 light years. Messier 82 (right - also known as Cigar Galaxy) is a starburst galaxy approximately 12 million light-years.The starburst activity is thought to have been triggered by interaction with neighboring galaxy M81.
Megrez 80/480mm triplet fluorite Apo;Starlight Express SXVF-M8C CCD, Losmandy GM8 , 2x5 + 10x10 minutes exposure. 13. September 2006.
NGC 7293 Helix Nebula
The Helix Nebula is one of the closest of all planetary nebulae and one of the apparently largest planetaries known. At a distance of 450 light years, its apparent size covers an area of 16 arc minutes diameter, more than half of that of the full moon.
Image is obtained through a refractor William Optics FLT98 (98/618 mm), TeleVue field flattener/reducer 0,8x, Lumicon DeepSky filter, SBIG ST8300 CCD camera, guided on QHY5 , 7x10 minutes exposure. July, 2012.
The Orion Nebula M42
The Orion Nebula is the brightest diffuse nebula in the sky, visible to the naked eye. At distance of 1 600 light years this is also a big object in the sky - 66x60 arc minutes, thus covering four times area of the full Moon.This cloud of gas and dust is a vast stellar nursery. Above M42 is NGC 1977,a reflection nebula called the Running Man.
Image is obtained through a William Optics FLT 98/618 refractor , TeleVue field flattener/focal reducer 0,8x, SBIG ST8300C CCD camera, 7x5 minutes exp.