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…


IC4954 and Roslund 4

There are many places in the space where new stars are born. Reflection nebulae IC4954 (near center) and 4955 (lower left) is one of them. These…


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…


ACF 10" and CCDT67 telecompressor

It has already been some time from first light of Meade ACF telescope and I was looking forward a clear night. And it happened, a few days after…


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…


Barnards on sale

There are few hundreds items in the Barnard catalog of dark nebulae. And significant amount of it is placed between Aquila (Eagle) head and Scutum…


Dark side of Coathanger

I planned to picture Collinder 399 (nickname Coathanger, or Brocchi's Cluster) for a pretty long time, but my "large" imaging setups had too small…