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Crescent Nebula Crescent Nebula A bright shell of gas surrounding an energetic Wolf-Rayet star.
Butterfly Nebula Butterfly Nebula The Butterfly Nebula is a bright region of nebulosity near the star Sadr in Cygnus.
Sh2-119 Sh2-119 Sharpless 2-119 is a large region of emission nebulosity only a few degrees away from the North America Nebula.
NGC 2174 NGC 2174 NGC 2174 (also known as the Monkey Head Nebula) is a bright nebula near the border of Orion and Gemini, and is colocated with open cluster NGC 2175.
Rosette Nebula Rosette Nebula The Rosette Nebula is a very bright and very large emission complex in the constellation of Monoceros.
NGC 7380 NGC 7380 NGC 7380 in Cepheus is also known as the Wizard Nebula.
Jupiter Jupiter Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system, more massive than all the other planets combined.
Dumbbell Nebula Dumbbell Nebula The gaseous remains of a dead star.
California Nebula California Nebula Huge nebula at the foot of Perseus.
IC 1396 IC 1396 This huge area of nebulosity in Cepheus contains the famous Elephant's Trunk nebula.
Sh2-132 Sh2-132 Sharpless 2-132 is a fairly bright area of nebulosity in Cepheus.
Heart Nebula Heart Nebula At the center of this huge heart-shaped nebula is an open cluster called Mellotte 15.
Bubble Bubble Open cluster M52 is located very near the Bubble Nebula, and this image contains many other objects as well.
The Sun The Sun The Sun through a white-light and H-alpha filter.
North American Nebula North American Nebula NGC 7000 is very bright, but difficult to see because of its size.
Veil Nebula Veil Nebula The Veil Nebula complex is the glowing remnants of a supernova that occurred thousands of years ago.
NGC 281 NGC 281 This bright nebula in Cassiopiea is often whimsically referred to as the Pacman Nebula.
Pelican Nebula Pelican Nebula The Pelican Nebula (IC 5070) is often seen in images along with its bigger and brighter neighbour, the North American Nebula.
Crab Nebula Crab Nebula A remnant of a supernova that occurred in 1054.
Embryo Nebula Embryo Nebula A huge region of nebulosity in Cassiopeia.
Orion Nebula Orion Nebula The Great Orion Nebula is probably the most spectactular showepiece object in the winter sky. It is easily seen as the middle star in Orion's sword, and is a grand sight in telescopes of all sizes. Also visible are M43, and the Running Man Nebula.
IC 405 & IC 410 IC 405 & IC 410 The Flaming Star Nebula in the same field as nearby IC 410.
Summer Triangle Summer Triangle The nothern Milky Way flows through and around the three stars of the Summer Triangle.
M12 M12 M12 is a small globular cluster lying about 23000 light years away in the constellation of Ophiuchus.
M14 M14 M14 is a small globular cluster lying about 26000 light years away in the constellation of Ophiuchus.
Eagle Nebula Eagle Nebula The Eagle nebula contains the "pillars of creation" made famous by the Hubble photo.
M108 and the Owl Nebula M108 and the Owl Nebula M97 (the Owl Nebula) shares the camera field of view with far-away galaxy M108.
Whale & Hockey Stick Galaxies Whale & Hockey Stick Galaxies The galaxy pair NGC 4631 (the Whale) and NGC 4656 (the Hockey Stick) lie in the small constellation of Canes Venatici.
Jellyfish Nebula Jellyfish Nebula The Jellyfish Nebula in Gemini (more mundanely known as IC 443) is the remnant of a supernova that occurred approximately 30,000 years ago.
Simeis 147 Simeis 147 Simeis 147 is a very large and faint supernova remant straddling the Taurus/Auriga border.
Flaming Star Nebula Flaming Star Nebula A region of nebulosity powered by the bright variable star AE Aurigae.
IC 342 IC 342 IC342 is a face-on spiral galaxy that is highly obscured by intervening galactic dust.
Andromeda Galaxy Andromeda Galaxy Updated October 18, 2008, with almost 4 hours of added luminance.
IC5068 IC5068 IC 5068 is a fascinating patch of nebulosity that lies below the North America & Pelican nebulae.
NGC 6820 NGC 6820 NGC6820 is a bright nebula in Vulpecula with fascinating pillar structures.
Sh2-160 Sh2-160 Sharpless 2-160 is a very faint HII region in Cepheus.
NGC 5907 et al NGC 5907 et al This is a beautiful edge-on galaxy in Draco.
NGC 6522 & NGC 6528 NGC 6522 & NGC 6528 These two globular clusters lie only 16 arcminutes apart in Sagittarius.
Abell 78 Abell 78 Abell 78 is the colourful remnant of a dying star.
Saturn Saturn The famous ringed planet.
Sunflower Galaxy Sunflower Galaxy The Sunflower Galaxy (M63) has many bright knots in its spiral arms.
M106 M106 Galaxy M106 is surrounded by numerous satellite galaxies.
M35 M35 M35 is a beautiful open cluster in Gemini, and is accompanied by a much older cluster NGC 2158.
The Monkey Head Nebula The Monkey Head Nebula NGC 2174 is also known as the Monkey Head Nebula and lies in Orion, near the border to Gemini.
Mars Mars Every two years Mars comes close enough to Earth to give fine views of surface features and polar ice caps.
Comet 17/P Holmes Comet 17/P Holmes Comet 17/P Holmes unexpectedly reached naked eye brightness in late 2007.
M103 M103 M103 is a beautiful compact open cluster in Cassiopiea. This image includes a meteor that streaked through one of my frames.
NGC 7789 NGC 7789 NGC 7789 is one of the most dense open clusters in the fall sky. It is located in Cassiopiea, and is a fine sight visually in telescopes of all apertures.
Triangulum Galaxy Triangulum Galaxy The Triangulum galaxy, also known as M33, is one of the closest large galaxies to our own.
NGC 1491 NGC 1491 NGC 1491 is a small emission nebula in the constellation of Perseus.
Lunar Eclipse (Aug 2007) Lunar Eclipse (Aug 2007) Total lunar eclipse from Redmond, WA on August 28, 2007.
Gamma Cassiopiea Gamma Cassiopiea An extremely faint region of nebulosity around the bright star Gamma Cassiopiea.
Gamma Cygni Region Gamma Cygni Region A large mosaic (3x3) of nebulosity surrounding the star Gamma Cygni (Sadr).
NGC 7331 and Stephan's Quintet NGC 7331 and Stephan's Quintet This galaxy-rich section of Pegasus contains two galaxy clusters, the Deerlick group and Stephan's Quintet.
Brocchi's Cluster Brocchi's Cluster Also called the Coathanger, this is not a true cluster.
NGC 7822 NGC 7822 NGC 7822 is part of a larger area of nebulosity that includes nearby Cederblad 214, in the constellation Cepheus.
Moon and Venus 2007 Moon and Venus 2007 In May, 2007, the Moon and Venus formed a beautiful nighttime pair. These images were taken near Quincy, WA.
M5 M5 M5 is believed to be one of the oldest globular clusters in our galaxy, nearly as old as the Milky Way itself.
M3 M3 M3 is a fine globular cluster in the constellation Canes Venatici.
Cocoon Nebula Cocoon Nebula Beautiful nebula blazing a path through dark nebula B168.
Ring Nebula Ring Nebula The Ring Nebula (M57) in the tiny constellation of Lyra is a true showpiece planetary nebula in amateur telescopes.
Moon Shots Moon Shots These are various moon shots that I've taken over the years.
M101 M101 M101 is a very large face-on spiral, and is a fine sight in a large aperture telescope at a dark site.
M51 M51 The Whirlpool galaxy is a beautiful face-on spiral that has had a recent gravitational close call with its smaller neighbour, NGC 5195.
M67 M67 Messier 67 is a fine open cluster in the faint constellation of Cancer.
Fox Fur Region Fox Fur Region This region contains the Christmas Tree Cluster and the Cone Nebula.
Horsehead and Flame Horsehead and Flame The Horsehead Nebula is actually the dark nebula B33 set against the background of IC 434. To the left of the bright star Alnitak is the Flame.
IC 410 IC 410 This nebula lies very close to the Flaming Star nebula in Auriga.
M81 and M82 M81 and M82 This field contains many galaxies, dominated by M81 and M82.
NGC 7762 NGC 7762 This open cluster is accompanied by several other clusters and lies in the nebular region Ced 214.
NGC 1528 NGC 1528 NGC 1528 is a large, rich open cluster in the constellation of Perseus.
M15 M15 M15 is one of the most dense globulars, with an extremely dense and bright core.
NGC 7790 NGC 7790 This field of view contains many small open clusters.
Double Cluster Double Cluster Two beautiful clusters in one field, easily visible to the naked eye.
E.T. Cluster E.T. Cluster Also called the Owl Cluster, or occasionally the Lobster Cluster.
Pleiades Pleiades M45 is a spectacular naked eye cluster and a photographic showpiece in Taurus.
NGC 891 NGC 891 This beautiful edge-on galaxy has a prominent dark lane down the middle.
NGC 185 and NGC 147 NGC 185 and NGC 147 These two galaxies are members of our local group, and are probably gravitationally bound to each other. Both are dwarf galaxies, and neither has much intrinsic structure. Both are located in the constellation of Cassiopiea.
M52, Bubble, and Sh2-157 M52, Bubble, and Sh2-157 The largest object in this image is nebula Sh2-157, lying nearby to the Bubble Nebula and M52.
NGC 7822 with Ced 214 NGC 7822 with Ced 214 This field of view contains faint Ced 214 as well as the much brighter NGC 7822.
Iris Nebula Iris Nebula The Iris Nebula is also known as NGC 7023 in the constellation Cepheus.
Cave Nebula Cave Nebula This nebula gets its name from the cavity of darkness formed by an interposing molecular cloud.
NGC 6939 and NGC 6946 NGC 6939 and NGC 6946 The galaxy NGC 6946 is paired with an open cluster NGC 6939 lying in the foreground.
M13 M13 The great globular cluster in Hercules, one of the finest in the northern skies.
Comet 73/P Schwassmann/Wachmann 3 Comet 73/P Schwassmann/Wachmann 3 This comet fragmented into several pieces in 1995, this is the brightest one during its 2006 apparition.
M50 M50 This bright open cluster is located in Monoceros.
Saturn inside the Beehive Saturn inside the Beehive In Feburary 2006, Saturn could be found hiding in the Beehive Cluster.
Barnard's "E" Barnard's "E" A dark nebula consisting of B142 and B143.
M95, M96, and M105 M95, M96, and M105 This field contains galaxies M95, M96, as well as the M105 group.
Markarian's Chain Markarian's Chain This region of Virgo is filled with galaxies, almost too numerous to count.
Leo Trio Leo Trio The famous Leo Trio consists of M65, M66, and NGC 3628.
Orion Widefield Orion Widefield This widefield shot of Orion was shot with a Digital Rebel and the stock camera lens.
NGC 2903 NGC 2903 This is a large and bright galaxy in Leo.
NGC 2403 NGC 2403 This is a large bright galaxy in Camelopardalis.
M41 M41 This bright open cluster is located in Canis Major.
"37" Cluster "37" Cluster Proof that Douglas Adams was wrong: the answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything is not 42.
M46 and M47 M46 and M47 This field contains open clusters M46, M47, and NGC 2423. M46 sports a planetary nebula, NGC 2438.
Full Moon Full Moon The full moon with a false-colour version.
Comet C/2004 Q1 Machholz Comet C/2004 Q1 Machholz A telescopic comet that appeared in 2005.
Auriga Cluster Mosaic Auriga Cluster Mosaic A mosaic containing M36, M37, M38, and several other clusters.
M37 M37 M37 is the prettiest, most dense open cluster of the three big Auriga clusters.
M34 M34 M34 is a sparse open cluster in Perseus.
Lunar Eclipse (Oct 2004) Lunar Eclipse (Oct 2004) Total lunar eclipse from Bellevue, WA on Oct 27, 2004.
NGC 752 NGC 752 This large, sparse open cluster is in the constellation of Andromeda.
Kemble's Cascade Kemble's Cascade This is a string of stars cascading into the open cluster NGC 1502.
Garnet Star Garnet Star Herchell's Garnet Star is a variable star that can at times take on a striking red hue.
Albireo Albireo The most beautiful double star in the sky.
M103 and NGC663 M103 and NGC663 This wide-field contains M103, NGC 663, NGC 659, NGC 654, and Trumpler 1.
Eagle and Swan Eagle and Swan The Eagle and Swan nebulas in the same field of view.
Swan Nebula Swan Nebula The Swan Nebula in Sagittarius is a beautiful target with a large arperture telescope.
Lagoon and Trifid Lagoon and Trifid This field of view contains the Lagoon and Trifid Nebulas, open cluster M21, and globular cluster NGC 6544.
Wild Duck Cluster Wild Duck Cluster M11 is one of the most dense open clusters.
Hickson 68 Hickson 68 This compact galaxy cluster is in the same frame as the foreground galaxy NGC 5371.
Comet C/2001 Q4 NEAT Comet C/2001 Q4 NEAT A telescopic comet that appeared in 2004, and which made a close pass with the Beehive Cluster.
Venus with the Pleiades Venus with the Pleiades In April 2004, Venus could be seen in the same field of view as the Pleiades.