„Lift up your eyes to heaven and see. Who has created these things?
It is the One who brings out their army by number; He calls them all by name.
Because of his vast dynamic energy and his awe-inspiring power, Not one of them is missing (…)”

Middle Eastern poem about the stars, 8th century BCE

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M3

NGC 5272

The M3 globular cluster is one of the largest and brightest in the Milky Way. This ancient, 11.4 billion years old cluster is made up of half a million stars and thousands are visible in this picture. It is located 32,600 light-years away from Earth and is quite isolated from the rest of our galaxy because it is ~40° above the galactic plane.

read more Apr 25, 2022

The Eyes

NGC 4435 & NGC 4438 / Arp 120 and asteroids!

NGC 4435 is a barred lenticular galaxy currently colliding with NGC 4438. Both are about 52 million light-years away. There are 3 interesting trails visible in the image below. These belong to a minor planet and two asteroids. Can you find them? Only a handful of people have ever seen any of these objects!

read more Apr 1, 2022

Etcetera

Assorted throwaway pancakes

More often than not astrophotos don’t come out the way you planned them to. There are about a 200 steps involved in taking a picture, and they all have to be right. Also, often we need to experiment, finetune equipment or the sky is not good enough for long enough to finish a project. These are some examples of failures and experiments.

read more Mar 20, 2022

Heart Nebula

IC1805 / Melotte 15 / Collinder 26

This is the Heart Nebula (7,500 light-years away) and you see over 3,000 stars in this image. Some of the stars in this image are ~50x Sol masses but most are a lot smaller.

read more Jan 20, 2022

Horsehead Nebula

Barnard 33

Horsehead Nebula in Orion, 1,375 light-years from Earth. The brightest star in field of view is the triple star Alnitak (ζ Orionis). That is, three stars orbiting one another in a complicated dance. One of the companions is even visible in the picture.

read more Jan 20, 2022

Soul Nebula

IC1848 / Westerhout 5 / Sharpless 2-199 / LBN 667

The Soul Nebula is a young, about a 1 million year old, emission nebula in Cassiopeia. It is 7,500 light-years away and is 100 light-years across. This nebula is close to the Heart Nebula we captured in 2021.

read more Jan 5, 2022

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Etcetera

Assorted throwaway pancakes

More often than not astrophotos don’t come out the way you planned them to. There are about a 200 steps involved in taking a picture, and they all have to be right. Also, often we need to experiment, finetune equipment or the sky is not good enough for long enough to finish a project. These are some examples of failures and experiments.

read more Mar 20, 2022

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