Messier Images 37-72
  Last Updated:   07/22/2016

 

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.
To learn more about these catalogs, and others, click HERE.

Click on each image to enlarge

 

Home
Up
Messier Images 1-36
Messier Images 37-72
Messier Images 73-110
NGC Images
Misc Deep Space Images

 




Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 37:  Open Cluster  (NGC 2099)

4,400 Light Years

01/12/10

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

M37 is approximately 300 million years old and contains over 500 stars with roughly 150 stars brighter than magnitude 12.5.   Located in the constellation Auriga. 

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 38:  Open Cluster  (NGC 1912)

4,200 Light Years

01/12/10

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

The cluster's brightest stars form a pattern resembling the Greek letter Pi .  Located in the constellation Auriga. 

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 39:  Open Cluster  (NGC 7092)

825 Light Years

09/18/12

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

Located in the constellation Cygnus. 

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 40:  Double Star  (WNC 4)

510 Light Years

03/17/10

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

A chance alignment of two independent stars at different distances.  Located in the constellation Ursa Major.  Also visible (circled) is Spiral Galaxy MCG+10-18-32.  This is a Magnitude 17.4 object.

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 41:  Open Cluster  (NGC 2287)

2,300 Light Years

01/18/12

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

Approximately 190,000,000 years old. Located in the constellation Canis Major. 

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details:

 

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details:

Messier 42:  Orion Nebula   (NGC 1976)

1,600 Light Years

11/30/10

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

One of the brightest deep sky objects.  Located in the constellation Orion. 

 

11/17/2011

Orion 80mm EON.  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/6.3  (30mm spacer) Focal Reducer.

Upper left of image shows the Running Man Nebula,  NGC 1977.

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 43:  De Mairan's Nebula  (NGC 1982)

1,600 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.  A companion of the Orion Nebula.  Located in the constellation Orion. 

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 44:  Beehive Cluster  (NGC 2632)

577 Light Years

02/21/12

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

Approximately 730,000,000 years old .  Located in the constellation Cancer. 

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 45:  Pleiades 

440 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.  Also known as the "Seven Sisters,  the Pleiades are visible with the naked eye.   Located in the constellation Taurus. 

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 46:  Open Cluster  (NGC 2437)

5,400 Light Years

01/20/09

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

Planetary Nebula NGC2438 is also visible at approximately 2,900 Light Years distant.  Located in the constellation Puppis.

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 47:  Open Cluster  (NGC 2422)

1,600 Light Years

02/28/14

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

Approximately 12 Light Years in diameter.  Located in the constellation Puppis. 

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 48:  Open Cluster  (NGC 2548)

1,500 Light Years

02/21/12

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

Approximately 23 Light Years in diameter.   Located in the constellation Hydra. 

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 49:  Elliptical Galaxy  (NGC 4472)

60,000,000 Light Years

03/31/09

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

M49 is one of the brightest Virgo Cluster member galaxies.   Located in the constellation Virgo. 

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details:

 

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details:

Messier 50:  Open Cluster  (NGC 2323)

3,200 Light Years

01/12/10

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

Approximately 20 Light Years in diameter.  Located in the constellation Monoceros. 

 

02/02/2013

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

Discovered by G. D. Cassini before 1711 and independently discovered by Charles Messier in 1772. 

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 51:  Whirlpool Galaxy  (NGC 5194)

37,000,000 Light Years

04/21/09

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

Includes companion Galaxy NGC5195.  Located in the constellation Canes Venatici.

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details:

 

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details:

Messier 52:  Open Cluster  (NGC 7654)

5,000 Light Years

09/27/11

Orion 80mm EON.  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/6.3  (30mm spacer) Focal Reducer.

Located in the constellation Cassiopeia.

 

11/17/2011

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

Discovered by Charles Messier in 1774. M52 can be seen from Earth with binoculars.

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 53:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 5024)

58,000 Light Years

05/27/09

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

Located in the constellation Coma Berenices.

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 54:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 6715)

87,400 Light Years

07/01/08

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

One of the most luminous known globular clusters.  Located in the constellation Sagittarius.

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

 

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details:

Messier 55:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 6809)

17,300 Light Years

10/06/10

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

Total luminosity is 100,000 times that of the Sun. Located in the constellation  Sagittarius.

 

09/18/12

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

Globular clusters are held together in a tight spherical shape by gravity. In Messier 55, the stars certainly do keep close company: approximately one hundred thousand stars are packed within a sphere
with a diameter of only about 25 times the distance between the Sun and the nearest star system, Alpha Centauri.

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 56:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 6779)

32,900 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.  Located in the constellation  Lyra.

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details:

 

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details:

Messier 57:  Ring Nebula  (NGC 6720)

2,300 Light Years

07/14/07

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

14.7 magnitude white dwarf  central star.  Located in the constellation  Lyra.

 

07/14/07

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

Image magnified from original.

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 58:  Spiral Galaxy  (NGC 4579)

60,000,000 Light Years

04/14/09

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

M58 is one of  the four barred spiral galaxies in Messier's catalog.  Located in the constellation Virgo. 

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 59:  Elliptical Galaxy  (NGC 4621)

60,000,000 Light Years

04/14/09

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

M59 is one of  the Virgo Cluster member galaxies.   Located in the constellation Virgo. 

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 60:  Elliptical Galaxy  (NGC 4649)

60,000,000 Light Years

04/14/09

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

M60 is apparent in telescopes starting from 4 inch because of its faint neighbor, NGC 4647, shown in the image.   Located in the constellation Virgo. 

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 61:  Spiral Galaxy  (NGC 4303)

60,000,000 Light Years

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.  M61 was discovered by Barnabus Oriani on May 5, 1779 when following the comet of that year, 6 days before Charles Messier's discovery, who had seen it on the same day as Oriani but mistaken it for the comet. Messier mistook it for two nights more, until he realized that it did not move.  M61 is one of the larger galaxies in the Virgo cluster; its 6 arc minutes of diameter correspond to about 100,000 light years, similar to the diameter of the Milky Way galaxy. Its 10th magnitude corresponds to an absolute magnitude of -21.2.   Located in the constellation Virgo. 

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 62:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 6266)

22,500 Light Years

07/01/08

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

One of the most irregularly shaped globular clusters.  Located in the constellation Ophiuchus.

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 63:  Sunflower Galaxy  (NGC 5055)

37,000,000 Light Years

04/11/08

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

Located in the constellation  Canes Venatici.

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 64:  Black Eye Galaxy  (NGC 4826)

19,000,000 Light Years

03/01/11

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  Coma Berenices.

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 65:  Spiral Galaxy in the Leo Triplett  (NGC 3623)

35,000,000 Light Years

01/21/09

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

Part of the Leo Triplett.  Located in the constellation  Leo.

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 66:  Spiral Galaxy in the Leo Triplett  (NGC 3627)

35,000,000 Light Years

04/13/10

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

Part of the Leo Triplett.  Located in the constellation  Leo.

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 65 and Messier 66:  Spiral Galaxies in the Leo Triplett  (NGC's 3623 and 3627)

35,000,000 Light Years

03/01/11

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

Imaged at the T.A.S. Dark Site.   2 of the 3 Galaxies of the Leo Triplett.  Located in the constellation  Leo.

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

The Leo Triplett  M65 (NGC 3623),  M66 (NGC 3627),  and  NGC 3628

35,000,000 Light Years

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.   The 3 Galaxies of the Leo Triplett.  Located in the constellation  Leo.

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details:

 

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details:

Messier 67:  Open Cluster  (NGC 2682)

2,700 Light Years

03/03/10

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

One of the oldest known clusters with a range between 3.2 and 5 Billion years old.  Located in the constellation  Cancer.

 

02/02/13

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

M67 is the nearest old open cluster, and thus has become a standard example for studying stellar evolution.

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 68:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 4590)

33,300 Light Years

04/23/12

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

Approximately 106 Light years in diameter.  Located in the constellation  Hydra.

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 69:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 6637)

29,700 Light Years

07/22/08

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

One of the smaller and fainter globular clusters in Messier's catalog.  Located in the constellation  Sagittarius.

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 70:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 6681)

29,300 Light Years

07/22/08

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

Globular cluster M70 became famous in 1995 when the great comet Hale-Bopp was discovered near it by Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp as they were observing this globular. .  Located in the constellation  Sagittarius.

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 71:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 6838)

13,000 Light Years

11/10//09

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

Located in the constellation  Saggita.

Image Name:

Distance from Earth:

Date Captured:

Equipment:

Image Details: 

Messier 72:  Globular Cluster  (NGC 6981)

55,400 Light Years

10/09/12

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

Messier 72  is one of the apparently smaller and fainter globular clusters in Messier's catalog.  It is situated in the very western part of constellation Aquarius, close to the the group of  four  stars, M73. 
Located in the constellation  Aquarius. 

 

 

Home | Messier Images 1-36 | Messier Images 37-72 | Messier Images 73-110 | NGC Images | Misc Deep Space Images

This site was last updated 07/22/16

Copyright 2001-2016. http://www.astrotx.com. No material used within this website may be used, amended or distributed without the consent of the author unless specifically stated otherwise.