Plaiedes - annotated image

Pleiades spectra

During last observing session I pointed telescope with attached spectroscope to well known Pleiades open cluster. It is also called "Seven Sisters"…


NGC2158 remote and old open cluster

NGC2158 is the symbol that may ring some bells for most of astronomy amateurs, but probably not many of them can immediately say what it is. If you…


NGC7086 open cluster

NGC7086 open cluster in Cygnus

Despite the fact, that NGC7086 is an open cluster in frequently visited and popular part in the sky, it is not often imaged. NGC7086 lies about…


Forsaken clusters

NGC2394 and NGC2355 - these two open clusters are not very impressive. But they have their own stories. First one is not proved to be cluster at…


Winter open clusters

NGC1662 and NGC2420 are two open clusters of stars. Both are present on the winter sky, and both are not very popular targets - neither visual, nor…


Double double in NGC1502

NGC1502 open cluster in Camelopardalis There is not much to see in Camelopardalis (The Giraffe) for casual observer. Even to see a few of its…


Messier 103

Messier 103

Messier 103 open cluster has been discovered by Pierre Mechain in 1781. Pierre was Charles Messier's friend and collaborator, and Charles had no…


The Fox Head

NGC6819 Fox Head is a remote star open cluster in Cygnus constellation, nearby Lyra. This one is about 7200 light years away and contains not so…


Lesser-known space around NGC6791

There is whole lot of famous astroimaging targets in the Milky Way around Cygnus. NGC6791 open cluster is not one them. It is rarely imaged and…


Messier 46 and two bubbles

Messier 46 is an open cluster in Puppis constellation. It is pretty low above horizon at my location, so I needed to wait for convenient moment to…


Stars among stars

Short summer nights plus half full Moon are not a good candidates for deep sky imaging. Spring galaxies requires much exposure time, and narrowband…


Messier 48

Messier 48 in Hydra

Imaging targets below celestial equator is kind-of problem at my backyard. Down to declination -10 it is fairly easy, but below -10 I have many…