Astrophotography

Antennae Galaxies – NGC 4038

Some 60 million light-years away in the southerly constellation Corvus, two large galaxies are colliding, leaving a long tail of their erstwhile spiral arms. Spanning about 500 thousand light-years, the […]

Astrophotography & its process

Astrophotography is a unique hobby, that is at once science, art & craft. It’s a very satisfying hobby that utilizes all your brain-cells and makes you fulfilled from a creative […]

M101 – The Pinwheel Galaxy

Probably the best example of a spiral Galaxy, M101 is known as the Pinwheel Galaxy for obvious reasons – it’s many spiral arms give a clear impression of a pinwheel. […]

Horsehead Nebula

My most favorite deep sky object is Horsehead Nebula in Orion Constellation. It is visible as the dark indentation to the red emission nebula in the background. The horsehead feature […]

Globular Cluster M5

Messier 5 (M5) is a globular star cluster, 100,000 stars or more, bound by gravity and packed into a region around 165 light-years in diameter. It lies some 25,000 light-years […]

Cigar Galaxy (M82)

What’s lighting up the Cigar Galaxy? M82, as this irregular galaxy is also known, was stirred up by a recent pass near large spiral galaxy M81. This doesn’t fully explain […]

Tadpole Nebula (IC410)

Now I am getting into false color astroimaging. In normal color imaging, three filters (red, green, and blue) are used to separate the primary colors of the visual spectrum. Red, […]

Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)

All my efforts to drive to New Mexico was for this purpose – Getting a super shot (at least I think so) of The Whirlpool Galaxy! The Whirlpool Galaxy, also […]

Andromeda Galaxy (M31)

Andromeda Galaxy (M31) – Andromeda Galaxy is the nearest large Galaxy to Milky Way. It consists of 1 trillion stars. The Andromeda Galaxy is a spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million […]

M16 – Queen Nebula

This is an image of M16- The Queen Nebula. It’s called Queen Nebula because you can, with some imagination, see a lady holding up her hands and with a flowing […]

M105 Group of Galaxies

Normally, I take images of galaxies with nice spiral arms. Sometimes I shoot edge on galaxies, which look flat from our angle. Then there is another group of galaxies, which […]

Dumbbell Nebula

Dumbbell Nebula is a planetary nebule i.e. remains of a dying star. The red color is hydrogen gas clouds, and the greenish blue color consists of nitrogen and oxygen as […]

M95 Galaxy in Leo

Barred spiral galaxy M95 is about 75,000 light-years across, somewhat smaller in size to our own Milky Way and one of the larger galaxies of the Leo galaxy group. In […]

Spiral Galaxy in Leo – M96

Dust lanes seem to swirl around the core of Messier 96 in this picture of the beautiful island universe M96. Of course M96 is a spiral galaxy, and counting the […]

The Owl Nebula – M97

The Owl Nebula is perched in the sky about 2,600 light-years away toward the bottom of the Big Dipper’s bowl. Also cataloged as M97, the 97th object in Messier’s well-known […]

Thor’s Helmet – NGC 2359

This helmet-shaped nebula with apparent wings is popularly called Thor’s Helmet. Thor’s Helmet is about 30 light-years across. In fact, the helmet is more like an interstellar bubble, lit up […]

Wizard Nebula (NGC 7380)

Located only 8,000 light years away, the Wizard nebula surrounds developing open star cluster NGC 7380. Visually, the interplay of stars, gas, and dust has created a shape that appears […]

Helix Nebula (NGC 7293)

Helix Nebula is one of the most beautiful Planetary Nebulae. Planetary Nebula have nothing to do with planets. They are called such because they usually have a round shape like […]

M74 – Galaxy in Pisces

About 1/3rd smaller than our Milky Way galaxy, an island universe of about 100 billion stars, 32 million light-years away toward the constellation Pisces, M74 presents a gorgeous face-on view. […]

M65-M66 Galaxies in Leo

Nearby and bright, spiral galaxies M65 (top) and M66 stand out in this cosmic snapshot. The pair are just 35 million light-years distant and around 100,000 light-years across, about the […]

Crab Nebula M1

Fireworks – This is the mess that is left when a star explodes. The Crab Nebula, the result of a supernova seen and recorded all over the world in 1054 […]

NGC 772 – A peculiar galaxy

Peculiarly shaped spiral galaxy NGC 772 is found within constellation Aries, some 130 million light-years beyond the stars and nebulae of our Milky Way galaxy. This island universe is peculiar […]

Deer Lick Galaxy Group (NGC7731)

The large galaxy in this picture is a spiral galaxy about 40 million light-years away in the constellation Pegasus. The galaxy is similar in size and structure to the galaxy […]

Horsehead & Flame Nebulae

I have imaged this region before, but, no amateur astrophotographer let’s a winter go by without taking another shot at this very colorful & beautiful region of the sky. My […]

Milky Way

After a break (due to annual monsoons in New Mexico), I am back to astro-imaging. Imaging has started at NM and I should get a couple of images in a […]

Bubble Nebula (NGC7635)

Back to astrophotography after interesting anti-corruption move by PM Modi in India and the grand victory by Donald Trump in US. Bubble Nebula, a rare type of nebula, is an […]

Swan Nebula – M17

This star forming region, known as Swan Nebula (concentrate only on the brighter part of the nebula to see a checkmark and extend leftward to see a rough swan shape), […]

Bode’s Galaxy – M81

One of the brightest galaxies in planet Earth’s sky is similar in size to our Milky Way Galaxy: big, beautiful M81. This view reveals M81’s bright yellow nucleus, blue spiral […]

Silver Dollar Galaxy (NGC 253)

NGC 253 is an intermediate spiral galaxy in the constellation Sculptor. Also known as the Sculptor Galaxy, it is a starburst galaxy, which means that it is currently undergoing a […]

Irregular Dwarf Galaxy IC1613

Usually most galaxies pictures that I post have spiral arm structure, dust lanes, definite shape and usually 100s of billions of stars. But, this image is of a irregular dwarf […]

NGC 891 – Edge-On Galaxy

NGC 891 is an edge-on spiral galaxy about 30 million light-years away in the constellation Andromeda. NGC 891 looks as the Milky Way would look like when viewed edge-on (some […]

Cone Nebula

The Cone Nebula is part of an emission nebula region in the constellation of Monoceros. The diffuse Cone Nebula, so named because of its apparent shape, comes from a dark […]

Lagoon Nebula (M8)

Lagoon Nebula is a rather large nebula (especially for my set up) about 5,000 light-years distant, in the direction of the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. Hot stars in […]

Skull Nebula (NGC 246)

Appropriately nicknamed “the Skull Nebula”, planetary nebula NGC 246 really does surround a dying star some 1,600 light-years away in the constellation Cetus. Expelled over a period of thousands of […]

Merope Nebula (M45)

Reflection nebulae reflect light from a nearby star. Many small carbon grains in the nebula reflect the light. The blue color typical of reflection nebula is caused by blue light […]

Comet Lovejoy 2014

This is an image of Comet Lovejoy (designated C/2014 Q2). C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is a long-period comet discovered on 17 August 2014 by Terry Lovejoy (an amateur astronomer like me) […]

Fish Head Nebula – IC 1795

Fishhead Nebula (IC 1795) is a bright emission nebula of about 70 light-years across with glowing gas and dark lanes of obscuring dust, located just over 6,000 light-years away from […]

Orion & Running Man Nebula

Orion Nebula (M42) – Here is the best nebula ever – The Orion Nebula (M42) – the object in the middle. It is the brightest nebula (a cloud of gas) […]

Fetus Nebula (NGC 7008)

Compact and round, NGC 7008 is recognized as a planetary nebula about 2,800 light-years distant in the nebula rich constellation of Cygnus. If you look hard enough at the purple […]

Sunflower Galaxy – M63

A bright spiral galaxy of the northern sky, M63 is about 25 million light-years distant in the loyal constellation Canes Venatici. Also cataloged as NGC 5055, the majestic island universe […]

Iris Nebula – NGC 7023

Like delicate cosmic petals, these clouds of interstellar dust and gas that have blossomed 1,300 light-years away in the constellation Cepheus, evoke the imagery of flowers. Within the Iris, dusty […]

Running Man Nebula

This is the Running Man Nebula. Found along the sword of Orion just north of the bright Orion Nebula complex, these nebulae are also associated with Orion’s giant molecular cloud […]

Crescent Nebula – NGC 6888

First Deep Sky image after almost 2 months of monsoon-caused shutdown at the observatory in New Mexico. Here is Crescent Nebula (NGC6888). This is a cosmic bubble about 25 light-years […]

vDB 152 – Dark Nebula

VdB 152 is a dark cloud of gas that is thick enough to obscure all the stars behind it and only some part of the nebula is shining in blue […]

M106 Galaxy

It is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. M106 is at a distance of about 22 to 25 million light-years away from Earth. It is also a Seyfert […]

Flame Nebula

My first picture from New Mexico….. Flame Nebula. Fifteen hundred light years away towards the constellation of Orion lies the nebula which, from its glow and dark dust lanes, appears, […]

NGC5982 – Draco Trio

This trio of galaxies is sometimes called the Draco Trio, located in the northern constellation of (you guessed it) Draco. From top to bottom are edge-on spiral NGC 5981, elliptical […]

M15 Globular Cluster

Next is a Globular Cluster named M15. A globular cluster is a spherical collection of stars that orbits a galactic core as a satellite mini-galaxy. Globular clusters are very tightly […]

M76 – Little Dumbbell Nebula

Also known by the popular name the “Little Dumbbell Nebula”, M76 is one of the fainter objects listed in Charles Messier’s 18th century Catalog of Nebulae and Star Clusters. Like […]

M3 – Globular Cluster

Last few nights have been Moon-ridden and the weather was clear even though seeing wasn’t best. So, I thought why not take a chance on a bright globular cluster like […]