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Swan_done.jpgSwan nebula.335 viewsThe Omega Nebula, also known as the Swan Nebula and the Horseshoe Nebula[2] (catalogued as Messier 17 or M17 and as NGC 6618) is an H II region in the constellation Sagittarius. It was discovered by Philippe Loys de Chéseaux in 1745. Charles Messier catalogued it in 1764. It is located in the rich starfields of the Sagittarius area of the Milky Way.

The Omega Nebula is between 5,000 and 6,000 light-years from Earth and it spans some 15 light-years in diameter. The cloud of interstellar matter of which this nebula is a part is roughly 40 light-years in diameter. The total mass of the Omega Nebula is an estimated 800 solar masses.

A open cluster of 35 stars lies embedded in the nebulosity and causes the gases of the nebula to shine due to radiation from these hot, young stars.
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NGC1097-done.jpgNGC1097.227 viewsNGC 1097 is a barred spiral galaxy about 45 million light-years away in the constellation Fornax. Three supernovae (SN 1992bd, SN 1999eu, & SN 2003B) have been observed in NGC 1097 (as of 2006).
Star forming ring in NGC 1097. HST. 0.9′ view

NGC 1097 is also a Seyfert galaxy, with jets shooting from the core. Like most galaxies, NGC 1097 has a supermassive black hole at its center. Around the central black hole is a ring of star-forming regions with a network of gas and dust that spirals from the ring to the black hole.
Colour-composite image of the central 5,500 light-years wide region of the spiral galaxy NGC 1097, obtained with the NACO adaptive optics on the VLT. Credit: ESO
Almost-true colour composite based on three images made with the multi-mode VIMOS instrument on the 8.2-m Melipal (Unit Telescope 3) of ESO's Very Large Telescope. Credit: ESO


NGC 1097 has two satellite galaxies. NGC 1097A is the larger of the two. It is a peculiar elliptical galaxy that orbits 42,000 light-years from the center of NGC 1097. NGC 1097B is the outermost one and not much is known about that.
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Jen_preparing.jpg219 viewsMartin
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M45.jpgM45.316 viewsIn astronomy, the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters (Messier object 45), is an open star cluster containing middle-aged hot B-type stars located in the constellation of Taurus. It is among the nearest star clusters to Earth and is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye in the night sky. Pleiades has several meanings in different cultures and traditions.

The cluster is dominated by hot blue and extremely luminous stars that have formed within the last 100 million years. Dust that forms a faint reflection nebulosity around the brightest stars was thought at first to be left over from the formation of the cluster (hence the alternate name Maia Nebula after the star Maia), but is now known to be an unrelated dust cloud in the interstellar medium that the stars are currently passing through. Astronomers estimate that the cluster will survive for about another 250 million years, after which it will disperse due to gravitational interactions with its galactic neighborhood.
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Chicken-done2G.jpgChicken nebula.299 viewsJust testing the guiding on the G11 with Gemini 2Martin
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Jen3.jpg239 viewsMartin
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Omegadone2G.jpgOmega Centaury.296 viewsJust testing the guiding on the G11 with Gemini 2Martin
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IC2220_2Mb.jpgIC2220216 viewsIC2220 is also known as The butterfly nebula and the Toby jug nebula.Martin

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rosette_done_ha2Mb.jpgRosetta in HA.230 viewsStill lots of noise in the surroundings so will need more exposures.MartinDec 28, 2014
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Eta_Carinae_done_ha2Mb.jpgEta Carinae with the EQ8 mount.502 viewsMartinDec 28, 2014
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Eta_Carina.jpgEta Carinae268 viewstest image with OAG.MartinFeb 12, 2014
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Lagoondone2Mb.jpgLagoon nebula392 viewsDone with the ED100 and Hutech FR/FF.MartinMay 15, 2013
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triffid_done2MB.jpgTriffid nebula452 viewsDone with the ED100 and Hutech FR/FF.MartinMay 15, 2013
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Sombrerocropdone.jpgSombrero galaxy1152 viewsThe Sombrero Galaxy (also known as M104 or NGC 4594) is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo located 28 million light years from Earth. It has a bright nucleus, an unusually large central bulge, and a prominent dust lane in its inclined disk. The dark dust lane and the bulge give this galaxy the appearance of a sombrero. Astronomers initially thought that the halo was small and light, indicative of a spiral galaxy. But Spitzer found that halo around the Sombrero Galaxy is larger and more massive than previously thought, indicative of a giant elliptical galaxy. [5] The galaxy has an apparent magnitude of +9.0, making it easily visible with amateur telescopes. The large bulge, the central supermassive black hole, and the dust lane all attract the attention of professional astronomers.MartinMay 11, 2012
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NGC4945.jpgNGC4945.680 viewsNGC4945 with the Supernova.MartinApr 11, 2012