DeepSky Photos

Deep Sky Objects

All photos are © Marshall Faintich

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Nebulae

Nebulae are clouds of interstellar gas where stars are born as the gaseous material condenses into a tightly packed mass. Ancient and medieval man could not see the colors in nebulae, as they appear to the naked eye as a grayish smudge against the dark night sky. The Eta Carina image has the nebula in the center, with the Southern Cross to the left, and the False Cross to the right.

Star Clusters & Galaxies

Loose star clusters appear to be associated as stellar groupings in the sky, but often are separated by greatly different distances from the earth. Note the blue nebulosity around the stars of the Pleiades. Globular clusters do form a spatially connected group, and often there more than a million stars in a single cluster. Galaxies contain hundreds of billlions of stars.

Digital Astrophotography

2020 and later



Orion & Running Man
Nebulae

Orion Belt
and Sword

Barnard's
Loop

Flame & Horsehead Nebulae
(Orion Belt)

Flame & Horsehead Nebulae
(Orion Belt)

Flame & Horsehead Nebulae
(Orion Belt)

Witch Head
Nebula

Lagoon & Trifid
Nebulae

Omega & Eagle
Nebulae

Lagoon
Nebula

Trifid
Nebula

Omega
Nebula

Eagle
Nebula

North American &
Pelican Nebulae

North American &
Elephant Trunk Nebulae

Veil
Nebula

North American, Elephant Trunk, & Veil Nebulae

Rosette Nebula

Rosette & Cone
Nebulae

Rosette & Cone
Complex

Rosette & Cone
Complex

Monkey's Head & Jellyfish
Nebulae

Dumbbell
Planetary Nebula

Heart & Soul Nebulae
with H & Chi Persei

H & Chi Persei
Double open cluster

California
Nebula

Seagull
Nebula

Flaming Star and Sh2-236 Nebulae
M38 open cluster

Flaming Star and Sh2-236 Nebulae
M35, M36, M37, M38 open clusters

Flaming Star and Sh2-236 Nebulae
M35, M36, M37, M38 open clusters

Antares Nebulae
M4 globular cluster

Andromeda
& M110 Galaxies

Andromeda,
Triangulum & M110 Galaxies

Pinwheel
& NGC 5474 Galaxies

Whirlpool
& NGC 5195 Galaxies

Bode's, Cigar
& NGC 2976 Galaxies

Pleiades Star
(Open) Cluster

Christmas Tree
Open Cluster

M23
Open Cluster

M3
Globular Cluster

M22
Globular Cluster

M71
Globular Cluster

M4
Globular Cluster

Tau Herculis Meteor
31 May 2022

Tau Herculis Meteor
31 May 2022


Film-based Astrophotography

1980s - 1990s



Dumbbell
Planetary Nebula

Ring
Planetary Nebula

Beehive
Open Cluster

Wild Duck
Open Cluster

Eta Carina Nebula, Omega Centauri, Southern and False Crosses

Eta Carina Nebula, Omega Centauri, Southern and False Crosses

M5
Globular Cluster

M13
Globular Cluster

M15
Globular Cluster