M56 globular cluster in Lyra

Messier 56 in Lyra

I always liked star clusters set against the stars of the Milky Way, and Messier 56 globular cluster is a perfect example of it. M56 is neither large…


Coma Cluster (Abell 1656)

Coma Cluster of galaxies

Eight years passed since the night I imaged the Coma Cluster for the first time. It was 6 inches then, and 10 inches now. It was 200 minutes then,…


NGC7380 Wizard nebula narrowband and RGB

NGC7380 Wizard nebula

I was taught that hydrogen merged with oxygen is a highly explosive mixture, and after the explosion, the water is the outcome. But nothing like this…


NGC6823 open cluster and Sh2-86 emission nebula in Vulpecula

NGC6823 emission nebula in Vulpecula

The Universe is full of sophisticated and extraordinary shapes made with interstellar matter. Some of them are well known – Pillars of Creation in…


Messier 63 spiral galaxy crop

Messier 63 Sunflower galaxy

Messier 63 Sunflower galaxy is somehow iconic object. Once you saw it, you probably will not forget it. It is a spiral galaxy with no central bar…


Messier 98 crop

Messier 98

Messier 98 is nice, almost edge-on (74 degrees inclination) galaxy located about 44 million light years away. It is a member of Virgo Cluster, but…


Messier 85 and NGC4394

Messier 85 (NGC4382) is a quite bright and easy target both for visual and photographic observations. It can be spotted with binoculars, and is an…


NGC5033 spiral galaxy

NGC5033 is not in the primary or even secondary list of astrophotography targets. This spiral galaxy lies about 40 million light years away and can…


NGC3718 and Hickson 56 in Ursa Major

This object was on my astroimaging target list since I remember. I am perfectly aware that imaging galaxies under suburban sky is pretty demanding…


Cygnus Wall fragment HORGB

Cygnus Wall and Lagoon in color

Not so long time ago two entries preseting monochromatic hydrogen alpha images appeared at my blog. These were Cygnus Wall in NGC7000 and Lagoon and…


Arp 319 Stephan's Quintet

Stephan's Quintet

There are many galaxies in the Universe, and sometimes two of them will come close enough to start interact between them. But it may be more than…


Cygnus Wall hydrogen alpha

Cygnus Wall in NGC7000

NGC7000 is a well known emission nebula in Cygnus, close to prominent Deneb star. Whole NGC7000 North America is large cloud of interstellar matter…