NGC - IC Images

 

 Last Updated:   02/02/2016

 

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

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NGC 253: Sculptor Galaxy  (Silver Coin Galaxy)

10,000,000 Light Years

01/26/11

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

Imaged at the T.A.S. Dark Site.  NGC 253 is the brightest member of the Sculptor group of galaxies, which is grouped around the South galactic pole.  Located in the constellation Sculptor.

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NGC 288: Globular Cluster

30,000 Light Years

11/23/11

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

Most of the rich globular star clusters that orbit the Milky Way have cores that are tightly packed with stars, but NGC 288 is one of a minority of low-concentration globulars, with its stars more loosely bound together.  Located in the constellation Sculptor.

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NGC 436: Open Cluster

9,800 Light Years

11/17/11

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

NGC 436 was discovered by F.W. Herschel in 1787.  Located in the constellation Cassiopeia.

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NGC 457: Open Cluster (The Owl Cluster)

9,000 Light Years

11/11/09

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

NGC 457 contains over one hundred stars and lies approximately  9,000 light years away from the Sun.

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NGC 869 / NGC 884:  Double Cluster

7,100 and 7,400 Light Years respectively

11/01/13

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

The Double Cluster is the common name for the naked-eye open clusters NGC 869 and NGC 884, which are close together in the constellation Perseus.
 


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

NGC 869 is 5.6 million years old and NGC 884 is 3.2 million years old, according to the 2000 Sky Catalogue.

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NGC 891:  Outer Limits Galaxy

32,000,000 Light Years

01/26/11

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

Imaged at the T.A.S. Dark Site.  Edge-on Galaxy with center dust lane.  Located in the constellation  Andromeda.

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NGC 1027: Open Cluster

2,500 Light Years

10/09/12

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

NGC 1027 is a rather sparse open cluster  just west of the "Heart" Nebula.   Located in the constellation Cassiopeia.

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NGC 1444: Open Cluster

3,911 Light Years

10/09/12

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

Well known as a source of radio emission, NGC 1444 holds a rough cumulative magnitude of  6.5.  Located in the constellation Perseus.

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NGC 1502:  Open Cluster

3,000 Light Years

11/23/11

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

NGC 1502 in the constellation of Camelopardalis is a very young but bright cluster dominated by a handful of magnitude 7 and 8 member stars.   NGC 1502 is estimated to be a mere 11.2 million years old.

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NGC 1528:  Open Cluster

2,400 Light Years

11/23/11

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

Located in the constellation  Perseus.

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NGC 1535:  Planetary Nebula

5,800 Light Years

11/10/09

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

NGC 1535 is very to similar Eskimo nebula in both color and structure but the central star is quite difficult to observe.   Located in the constellation  Eridanus.

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NGC 1545:  Open Cluster

2,300 Light Years

11/23/11

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

Located in the constellation  Perseus.

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NGC 1973 / NGC 1975 / NGC 1977:  Running Man Nebula

1,500 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 Ghost Nebula, NGC 1977 is a bright reflection Nebula.  It is commonly named The Running Man Nebula by observers who claim they can see the image of a running man in the cosmic dust cloud.  Located in the constellation  Orion.

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NGC 2024:  Flame Nebula

1,500 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.  The Flame Nebula is part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex, a star-forming region that includes the famous Horsehead Nebula.  Located in the constellation  Orion.

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NGC 2194:  Open Cluster

12,300 Light Years

01/05/11

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

NGC 2194, which  contains about 100 stars, is also a Herschel object and has a magnitude of  8.5.   Located in the constellation Orion.

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NGC 2215:  Open Cluster

1,000 Light Years

02/02/013

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

Magnitude 8.4. NGC 2215 is a moderately small and weakly condensed  cluster in the constellation Monoceros. Telescopically it is a rather nice cluster for one so dim.  It may be a challenge for light-polluted skies.

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NGC 2232:  Open Cluster

1,000 Light Years

02/02/013

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

NGC 2232 is a scattered irregular open cluster surrounding the 5th magnitude blue-white star 10 Mon. It is visible in binoculars and small telescopes.  Located in the constellation Monoceros.

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NGC 2239:  Open Cluster

5,500 Light Years

03/16/09

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

The Rosetta Nebula is a vast cloud of dust and gas, extending over an area of more than 1 degree across, or about 5 times the area covered by the full moon. Its parts have been assigned different NGC numbers: 2237, 2238, 2239, and 2246.   Open Cluster NGC 2239 resides within the 'eye' of the Nebula.   Located in the constellation Monoceros.

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NGC 2264:  Cone Nebula

2,400 Light Years

03/16/09

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

NGC 2264 lies about 2,400 light-years from Earth in the obscure constellation of Monoceros, the Unicorn, not far from the more familiar figure of Orion, the Hunter.  Open Cluster NGC 2239 resides within the 'eye' of the Nebula.   Located in the constellation Monoceros.

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NGC2301:  Open Cluster

1,650 Light Years

01/05/11

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

The age estimate of  NGC 2301 is approximately 210 million years .  It contains about 80 stars.  Located in the constellation  Monoceros.

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NGC2324:  Open Cluster

9,500 Light Years

01/05/11

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

NGC2324 is a relatively young, metal-poor and distant open cluster located beyond the Perseus spiral arm.  Located in the constellation  Monoceros.

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NGC2353:  Open Cluster

6,000 Light Years

01/18/12

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

NGC2324 is a relatively young, metal-poor and distant open cluster located beyond the Perseus spiral arm.  Located in the constellation  Monoceros.

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NGC2360:  Open Cluster

6,150 Light Years

01/13/16

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

NGC2360 is considered the first original discovery of a deep sky object made by Carolyn Hirschel.  The bright star near the right  is a magnitude 5.46 star - SAO152641 . Located in the constellation  Canis Major.

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NGC2367:  Open Cluster

7,000 Light Years

01/15/16

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

Discovered in England by Sir William Herschel on 20 November 1784, this open cluster has only existed for about five million years. Most of its stars are young and hot and shine with an intense blue light.   Located in the constellation  Canis Major.

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NGC2374:  Open Cluster

5,200 Light Years

01/15/16

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

NGC 2374 is considered relatively young for clusters at 75 million years of age.  Located in the constellation  Canis Major.

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NGC2383 / NGC 2384:  Open Clusters

6,000 Light Years

01/11/10

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

Both are young star clusters and appear to share stars.  Located in the constellation  Canis Major.

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NGC2392:  Eskimo Nebula

3,000 Light Years

12/20/07

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

Also known as  the Clown Face Nebula.  Located in the constellation  Gemini.

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NGC2392:  Eskimo Nebula

3,000 Light Years

12/20/07

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

Close-up of the Eskimo Nebula.

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NGC 2403:  Spiral Galaxy

8,000,000 Light Years

01/05/11

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

NGC 2403 is among the more conspicuous Northern objects which Charles Messier missed when compiling his catalog. Its discovery was left to William Herschel.   Located in the constellation  Camelopardalis.

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NGC 2419:  Globular Cluster

295,000 Light Years

01/21/09

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

One of the most remote Globular Clusters, NGC 2419 is also known as the Intergalactic Wanderer  because it is very likely drifting independently of our galaxy.  Located in the constellation  Lynx.

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NGC 2440:  Planetary Nebula

4,000 Light Years

01/05/11

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

NGC 2440 was discovered by William Herschel on March 4, 1790. He described it as "a beautiful planetary nebula of a considerable degree of brightness, not very well defined."  Located in the constellation  Puppis.

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NGC2451:  Open Cluster

850 Light Years

02/21/12

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

NGC 2451 consists of 40 stars, the brightest of which  is a yellowish giant of magnitude 3.6.   Its age is estimated at 36 million years.   Located in the constellation  Puppis.

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NGC2520 / NGC 2527:  Open Cluster

1,924 Light Years

02/21/12

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

Catalogued as two separate NGC numbers by John Herschel, both reflect the same object.  Located in the constellation  Puppis.

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NGC 2539:  Open Cluster

4,000 Light Years

03/29/14

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

A moderately condensed open cluster tucked away in the Northwestern quadrant of the constellation  Puppis, just South of the point where the Southeastern corner of Monoceros meets Hydra

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NGC 2903:  Spiral Galaxy

20,500,000 Light Years

02/02/13

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

A fairly bright, near-stellar nucleus surrounded by an even, wide oval haze.  Located in the constellation  Leo.

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NGC 3521:  Spiral Galaxy

35,000,000 Light Years

03/18/09

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

This spiral galaxy is often overlooked in favor of its neighbors M65, M66, and NGC 3628.  In terms of structure it is remarkably similar to M63, though it is inclined for a slightly different perspective .  Located in the constellation  Leo.

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NGC 3953:  Spiral Galaxy

46,000,000 Light Years

03/31/09

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

Like its more well-known neighbor M109, this galaxy is a surprising copy-cat barred spiral galaxy.   In 2001 astronomers discovered a supernova in this galaxy.  Located in the constellation  Ursa Major.

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NGC 4125:  Elliptical Galaxy

78,000,000 Light Years

05/18/09

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

A faint galaxy, elongated and with a poorly evident nucleus. Located in the constellation  Draco.

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NGC 4565:  Spiral Galaxy

31,000,000 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.  Also known as the Needle Galaxy, NGC 4565 may resemble that of our own Milky Way, seen from outside from a place situated near its galactic equatorial plane.  Located in the constellation  Coma Berenices.
 

03/18/2009

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

Both NGC 4565 images captured in light  polluted conditions.

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NGC 5466:  Globular Cluster

51,800 Light Years

04/23/12

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

NGC 5466 was discovered by William Herschel on May 17, 1784, as H VI.9. This globular cluster is unusual insofar as it contains a certain blue horizontal branch of stars, as well as being unusually metal poor like ordinary globular clusters. It has an apparent magnitude of 10.5.

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NGC 5634:  Globular Cluster

75,000 Light Years

03/31/09

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

NGC 5634 is a small, but bright, globular cluster located in the far-eastern reaches of Virgo, nearly on the border with Libra.  Located in the constellation  Virgo.

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NGC 6229:  Globular Cluster

100,000 Light Years

05/18/09

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

Discovered by William Herschel on May 12, 1787, and first taken for a planetary nebula from his visual impression.. Located in the constellation  Hercules.

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NGC 7293:  Helix Nebula

700 Light Years

11/06/12

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

The Helix Nebula is an example of a planetary nebula, formed at the end of a star's evolution. Gases from the star in the surrounding space appear, as if we are looking down a helix structure. The remnant
central stellar core, known as a planetary nebula nucleus is destined to become a white dwarf star. The observed glow of the central star is so energetic that it causes the previously expelled gases  to give
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NGC7331:  Spiral Galaxy

50,000,000 Light Years

01/26/11

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

Imaged at the T.A.S. Dark Site.  NGC 7331 is thought to be similar to our own Milky Way galaxy.  The annotated background galaxies are about one tenth the apparent size of NGC 7331 and so lie roughly ten times farther away.   Located in the constellation Pegasus.

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NGC7635:  The Bubble Nebula

7,100 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.  The "bubble" is created by the stellar wind from a massive hot, 8.7 magnitude young central star.   Located in the constellation Cassiopeia.

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NGC7789:  Open Cluster

7,600 Light Years

09/28/11

Orion 80mm EON.  DSI Pro II imager with Meade f/3.3 Focal Reducer adjusted to f/6.3.

NGC 7789 is approximately 1.6 billion years old.   All the stars in the cluster were likely born at the same time but the brighter and more massive ones have more rapidly exhausted the hydrogen fuel in their cores. Located in the constellation Cassiopeia.

 

 


IC IMAGES

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IC 434/Barnard 33: Horsehead Nebula

1,500 Light Years

11/06/12

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

The Horsehead Nebula (also known as Barnard 33 in emission nebula IC 434) is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. The red or pinkish glow originates from hydrogen gas predominantly behind the nebula, ionized by the nearby bright star Sigma Orionis. The darkness of the Horsehead is caused mostly by thick dust.

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IC 1396: Open Cluster and Emission Nebula

3,000 Light Years

11/17/11

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

Located in the constellation Cepheus, IC 1396 consists of an open cluster surrounded by a dim emission nebula. Multiple dark lanes in the nebula are visible in this image, some of which can be glimpsed in
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IC 1795: Emission Nebula

6,000 Light Years

11/23/11

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

IC 1795 is a star forming region in the Northern constellation Cassiopeia.  Located just over 6,000 light-years away, the larger star forming complex sprawls along the Perseus spiral arm of our Milky Way Galaxy.

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IC 1805: Emission Nebula

7,500 Light Years

10/09/12

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

The Heart Nebula, IC 1805, Sh2-190, lies some 7,500 light years away from Earth and is located in the Perseus Arm of the Galaxy in the constellation Cassiopeia. This is an emission nebula showing glowing
 gas and darker dust lanes. The nebula is formed by plasma of ionized hydrogen and free electrons. This image only shows the star cluster in the center of the Nebula.

 

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