One of the top astrophotographers, Rolf Olsen, has taken a deeper image of IC 2220, which contains the new bubble-like nebula discovered by my daughter Anna and myself about two years ago. His image is great and shows a great deal of detail. He has, generously, allowed me to include it in this web site. You can find it at the bottom of the page:
This time, the image is a two panel mosaic of the Grus Quartet. This group of four spiral galaxies has two Seyfert galaxies each one with a supermassive (20 Million solar masses) black hole in its center. You can find it at:
Continuing with the project to capture all Messier objects with high resolution telescopes, today, an image of a globular cluster, M68, has been uploaded. The image has also captures a faint and distant spiral galaxy.
An image of the Heart Nebula (IC 1805) has been uploaded. This image has meant over 99 hours of exposures (a three panel mosaic) through narrowband filters and short RGB exposures to give the stars a more natural color.
This area is creating stars at a high rate and, actually, nearly all bright spots in the picture are YSOs (Young Stellar Objects).
This is a classic image, taken with a high resolution telescope, that shows the fine differences between areas with different compositions, thanks to the use of the Hubble Color Palette. Also a “Natural Color” version is included.
It seems that, today, is the day when we will have several new images… This time is Messier 55, a globular cluster. This pretty globular also receives the name of “Summer Rose Star”, but it is not a totally popular name… This image is part of the project to get the Messier Objects taken with higher resolution telescopes.
A new image has been uploaded. This time it is a remake. My previous image of NGC 6188 (the Dragons of Ara) had a limited view of both Fighting Dragons. This suggested me to repeat the field, but with a 2 panel mosaic. This way, we can see both Dragons in their full extent. The image means over 39 hours of exposure (as usual, in narrowband), because I also used the previous partial images and they have been added to the new ones before processing in order to provide greater detail.
An image of the tiny but beautiful Planetary Nebula Messier 76 has been uploaded. This image was taken only with narrowband filters (Ha, OIII and NII). The over 26 hours of exposure has allowed for a great deal of detail to be extracted. Please, enjoy it at: