Messier Images 1-36

Last Updated:   02/04/2017

All images were captured from either my home, or the Texas Astronomical Society dark sky site near Atoka, Oklahoma
 

Each Image lists the Messier catalog number associated with it, and where appropriate it's corresponding NGC number.
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Messier 1:  Crab Nebula  (NGC 1952)

6,300 Light Years

10/14/07

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer adjusted to f/5.

Imaged at the T.A.S. Dark Site.  Located in the constellation Taurus.

 

10/21/011

Orion 80mm EON.  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Imaged at the T.A.S. Dark Site. 

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Messier 2:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 7089)

37,500 Light Years

09/19/11

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Contains an estimated 150,000 stars. Located in the constellation Aquarius.

 

09/18/12

Orion 80mm EON.  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

At 175 light-years in diameter, Messier 2 is one of the larger globular clusters known.  It is 13 billion years old and one of the older globulars associated with the Milky Way Galaxy.   Located in the
constellation Aquarius.

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Messier 3:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 5272)

33,900 Light Years

05/20/09

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer adjusted to f/5.

Contains an estimated 500,000 stars.  Located in the constellation Canes Venatici.

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Messier 4:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 6121)

7,200 Light Years

05/04/10

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer adjusted to f/5.

Located in the constellation Scorpius.

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Messier 5:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 5904)

24,500 Light Years

05/18/09

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer adjusted to f/5.

165 Light Years in diameter.   Located in the constellation Serpens.

 

04/17/12

Orion 80mm EON.  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Imaged at the T.A.S. Dark Site. 

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Messier 6:  Butterfly Cluster  (NGC 6405)

1,600 Light Years

07/20/10

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Located in the constellation  Scorpius.

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Messier 7:  Ptolemy's Cluster  (NGC 6475)

800 Light Years

07/20/10

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Contains about 80 stars brighter than magnitude 10.  Located in the constellation Scorpius.

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Messier 8:  Lagoon Nebula  (NGC 6523)

5,200 Light Years

09/05/10

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Imaged at the T.A.S. Dark Site.  Within the brightest part of the Lagoon Nebula is the Hourglass Nebula.  Located in the constellation Sagittarius.

 

09/03/16

Orion 80mm EON.  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/6.3 Focal Reducer.

Imaged at the T.A.S. Dark Site.  Within the brightest part of the Lagoon Nebula is the Hourglass Nebula.  Located in the constellation Sagittarius.

 

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Messier 9:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 6333)

25,800 Light Years

09/29/09

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

M9 is one of the nearer globular clusters to the nucleus of our Galaxy.  Located in the constellation Ophiuchus.

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Messier 10:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 6254)

14,300 Light Years

05/03/14

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

83 Light Years in diameter.  Located in the constellation Ophiuchus. 

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Messier 11:  Wild Duck Cluster  (NGC 6705)

6,000 Light Years

08/25/09

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Contains an estimated 2,900 stars.  Located in the constellation Scutum. 

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Messier 12:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 6218)

16,000 Light Years

05/03/14

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer adjusted to f/5.

Located in the constellation Ophiuchus. 

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Messier 13:  Hercules Cluster  (NGC 6205)

25,100 Light Years

05/18/09

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer adjusted to f/5.

Contains more than 1,000,000 stars.  Located in the constellation Hercules. 



04/17/12

Orion 80mm EON.  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Imaged at the T.A.S. Dark Site. 

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Messier 14:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 6402)

30,300 Light Years

05/03/14

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer adjusted to f/5.

Globular cluster M14 is one of the original discoveries of Charles Messier who cataloged it on June 1, 1764.  Located in the constellation Ophiuchus.

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Messier 15:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 7078)

33,600 Light Years

09/29/09

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Visual brightness is roughly 360,000 times that of our Sun.  Located in the constellation Pegasus. 

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Messier 16:  Eagle Nebula  (NGC 6611)

7,000 Light Years

09/05/10

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Imaged at the T.A.S. Dark Site.  Located in the constellation Serpens. 

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Messier 17:  Omega Nebula  (NGC 6618)

5,000 Light Years

09/05/10

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Imaged at the T.A.S. Dark Site.   Also known as the Swan Nebula.  Located in the constellation Sagittarius. 

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Messier 18:  Open Cluster  (NGC 6613)

4,900 Light Years

09/05/10

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Imaged at the T.A.S. Dark Site.   Contains approximately 20 large stars.  Located in the constellation Sagittarius. 

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Messier 19:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 6273)

28,000 Light Years

10/06/10

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

One of the most conspicuously elongated globular clusters.  Located in the constellation Ophiuchus.

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Messier 20:  Trifid Nebula  (NGC 6514)

5,200 Light Years

08/25/09

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Famous for it's three-lobed appearance.  Located in the constellation Sagittarius. 

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Messier 21:  Open Cluster  (NGC 6531)

4,250 Light Years

10/06/10

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Note the stars in a near perfect circle.  Located in the constellation Sagittarius. 

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Messier 22:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 6656)

10,400 Light Years

08/25/09

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer .

Contains more than 70,000 stars.  Located in the constellation Sagittarius.

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Messier 23:  Open Cluster  (NGC 6494)

2,150 Light Years

08/25/09

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Approx. 220,000,000 years old.  Located in the constellation Sagittarius. 

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Messier 24:  Sagittarius Star Cloud, Delle Caustiche  (NGC 6603)

10,000 Light Years

06/30/08

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer adjusted to f/5.

Due to it's size, only a small area is imaged.  Located in the constellation Sagittarius.

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Messier 25:  Open Cluster  (IC 4725)

2,000 Light Years

10/06/10

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Approximately 90,000,000 years old.  Located in the constellation Sagittarius.

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Messier 26:  Open Cluster  (NGC 6694)

5,000 Light Years

08/25/09

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Approximately 89,000,000 years old.  Located in the constellation Scutum.

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Messier 27:  Dumbbell Nebula  (NGC 6853)

1,250 Light Years

09/13/07

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer adjusted to f/5.

The first planetary Nebula ever discovered.  Located in the constellation Vulpecula. 

 

11/01/13

Orion 80mm EON.  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

This object was the first planetary nebula to be discovered by Charles Messier in 1764.

 

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Messier 28:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 6626)

18,300 Light Years

07/01/08

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer adjusted to f/5.

Approximately 60 Light Years in diameter.  Located in the constellation Sagittarius.

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Messier 29:  Open Cluster  (NGC 6913)

4,000 Light Years

11/11/09

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer adjusted to f/5.

Age estimated at 10,000,000 years.  Located in the constellation Cygnus. 

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Messier 30:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 7099)

26,100 Light Years

09/19/11

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Contains more than 100,000 stars.  Located in the constellation Capricornus. 

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Messier 31:  Andromeda Galaxy  (NGC 224)

2,900,000 Light Years

10/21/11

Orion 80mm EON.  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Imaged at the T.A.S. Dark Site.  Similar to our Milky Way Galaxy.  Located in the constellation Andromeda. 

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Messier 32:  Elliptical Galaxy  (NGC 221)

2,900,000 Light Years

10/19/08

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer adjusted to f/5.

A Satellite of the Andromeda Galaxy, M31.  M32 is an elliptical dwarf of only about 3 billion solar masses  Located in the constellation Andromeda. 

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Messier 33:  Triangulum Galaxy  (NGC 598)

3,000,000 Light Years

09/05/10

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Imaged at the T.A.S. Dark Site.  Located in the constellation Triangulum. 

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Messier 34:  Open Cluster  (NGC 1039)

1,400 Light Years

10/21/11

Orion 80mm EON.  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Imaged at the T.A.S. Dark Site.  Located in the constellation Perseus. 

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Messier 35:  Open Cluster  (NGC 2168)

2,800 Light Years

01/11/10

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Open cluster M35 is scattered over an area of the sky almost the size of the full moon  and is located in the constellation Gemini. 

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Messier 36:  Open Cluster  (NGC 1960)

4,100 Light Years

01/12/10

LX90 8".  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer.

Cluster M36 is very similar to the Pleiades cluster (M45), and if it were the same distance from Earth it would be of similar magnitude.  Located in the constellation Auriga. 

 

 

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