Barnard 171 dark nebula in Cepheus

Dark nebulae Barnard 171 and LDN673

Dark nebulae are not as popular and spectacular as emission or reflection nebulae, but still, there are many astronomy amateurs who are fascinated by…


Veil nebula in HSO palette

Cygnus Loop mosaic

There are several constellations considered autumn objects, and Cygnus is definitely one of them. And there are several popular astroimaging targets…


IC5146 Cocoon with B168

IC5146 Cocoon nebula with Barnard 168

It has been already ten years since I imaged the IC5146 Cocoon nebula with the neighboring Barnard 168 dark cloud for the first time. This time my…


Sh2-171 nebula HSO palette

Sh2-171 aka NGC7822 emission nebula

NGC7822 star-forming complex in the constellation Cepheus is located about 3,000 light-years away from us. It contains Berkeley 59 star open cluster…


Sh2-188 nebula in Cassiopeia

Sh2-188 Dolphin nebula

Planetary nebulae do not always look like rings or blobs, and Sh2-188 is an example of that. It was photographed for the first time in 1965 and was…


IC1848 Soul nebula fragment HaORGB palette

IC1848 Soul nebula fragment

I have already imaged the IC1848 nebula in the past using a 130mm aperture apochromatic refractor and an Atik383 camera. I was quite happy with that…


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 2023

Messier 63 Sunflower galaxy

Messier 63 Sunflower galaxy is somehow an 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…