DeepSky Photos

Deep Sky Objects

All photos are © Marshall Faintich

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Digital Astrophotography

2020 and later

Emission and Reflection Nebulae

Nebulae are clouds of interstellar gas where stars are born as the gaseous material condenses into a tightly packed mass. Emission nebulae have one or more bright stars nearby that cause the gases to emit energy primarily in the reddish hydrogen-alpha part of the spectrum. Reflection nebulae have one or more bright stars nearby but not close enough to cause emission, and only bluish light from the stars is reflected.


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

Rosette Nebula

Rosette & Cone
Nebulae

Rosette & Cone
Complex

Rosette & Cone
Complex

Heart & Soul Nebulae
with H & Chi Persei

California
Nebula

Seagull
Nebula

North American &
Pelican Nebulae

North American &
Elephant Trunk Nebulae

Veil
Nebula

North American, Elephant Trunk, & Veil Nebulae

Monkey's Head & Jellyfish
Nebulae

Antares Nebulae
M4 globular cluster

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

Wizard, Lobster Claw, &
Bubble Nebulae
M52 Open Cluster

Planetary Nebulae

These deep sky objects are tiny and not like the large emission and reflection nebulae where stars are born. A planetary nebula is a type of emission nebula consisting of an expanding, glowing shell of ionized gas ejected from a star late in its life, and only exists for a few tens of thousands of years. They are also not related to planets, but were given this name when first discovered in the 1700s because they resembled the size and shape of planets.


Dumbbell
Planetary Nebula

Helix
Planetary Nebula

Galaxies


Andromeda
& M110 Galaxies


Triangulum
Galaxy

Pinwheel
& NGC 5474 Galaxies

Whirlpool
& NGC 5195 Galaxies

Bode's, Cigar
& NGC 2976 Galaxies

Star Clusters

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.


Pleiades Star
(Open) Cluster

Christmas Tree
Open Cluster

M23
Open Cluster

H & Chi Persei
Double open cluster

M3
Globular Cluster

M22
Globular Cluster

M71
Globular Cluster

M4
Globular Cluster

Meteors


Tau Herculis Meteor
31 May 2022

Tau Herculis Meteor
31 May 2022


Film-based Astrophotography

1980s - 1990s


The Eta Carina image has the nebula in the center, with the Southern Cross to the left, and the False Cross to the right.


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

Locations of the deep sky objects shown above

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