An image of Ou4, the Giant Squid Nebula, has been uploaded

Hi all,

An image of the Squid Nebula has been uploaded. This is a very special nebula. Because of its faintness, and despite its large size, it was not discovered until June 2011 by amateur astronomer Nicolas Outters. The image shows the central region and needed more than 40 hours to show the best part of it. You can see the image and find some more information at:

 

Ou4. The Giant Squid Nebula

Enjoy,

Josep

 

A deep image of Messier 27 has been uploaded

Hi all,

An image of Messier 27 has been uploaded.This is a very deep (over 100 hours of exposure) image of this planetary nebula and is the result of a joint project with Don Goldman. It was taken with narrowband filters (Halpha, NII and OIII). The inclusion of the NII filter was due to the intensity of this emission in the nebula’s spectrum. You can find some more details and the image at:

Messier 27, final version

Enjoy!
Josep

An image of Messier 10, a globular Cluster, has been uploaded

Hi all,

An image of Messier 10, a globular cluster very close to Messier 12, has been uploaded. This cluster is clearly more compact than M12 and is notable because it has a high number of blue stragglers in its core. You can find the image and some more information at:

Messier 10. NGC 6254

Enjoy,
Josep

Two reprocessed images of Messier galaxies M51 and M83 have been uploaded

Hi all,

Working in the preparation of the complete (still a year to go) Messier catalog taken with high resolution telescopes, I have reprocessed and uploaded two iconic galaxies: M51 and M83. The original images were taken with the 24″ and 20″ respectively. The new ones can be found at:

Messier 51. NGC 5194

Messier 83. NGC 5236

Enjoy,
Josep

An image of Messier 102 has been uploaded

Hi all,

An image of Messier 102, the Spindle Galaxy, has been uploaded. An important controversy was built around M102. Messier made a mistake in its description (it happened that no object was at the position he described) and several candidates came up. Finally, NGC 5866 was considered M102. You will find the image and more information at:

Messier 102. NGC 5866. The Spindle Galaxy

Enjoy,
Josep

An image of the globular cluster Messier 3 has been uploaded

Hi all,

An image of the globular cluster Messier 3 has been uploaded. This cluster has unusually high numbers of blue stragglers as well as of variable stars. Most notably, the number of variables of the RR Lyrae type is extraordinarily high (233). You can find the image as well as more info at:

Messier 3. NGC 5272

Enjoy,
Josep

Two Messier Objects reprocessed: M74 and M17

Hi all,

Within the preparation of the full Messier Catalog in High Resolution, I have reprocessed two images that were taken some time ago. One is M74 and the second one is M17. You will find them at:

Messier 74. NGC 628

and:

Messier 17. The Omega Nebula

More reprocessed images will keep on being posted until the page corresponding to the whole catalog is published. Enjoy,
Josep

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