Deep Sky
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The following images were taken on 8 November 2010.
Some of them we have listed already on previous pages, but now have photoshop and hopefully are improving as we work more with the telescope and software.


M31-32
The Andromeda
Galaxy
This galaxy is one of our 'local group' and is the nearest large neighbor -  some 2 million light years distant.  This spiral galaxy is easily visible to the unaided eye, especially here in Zuni.  It loolks like a fuzzy blob of light in the Andronoma constellation. M32 is the dwarf elliptical galaxy.  It is the one at the 3 o'clock position and was discovered by Le Gentil in 1749


M45
The Pleiades
Star Cluster
Unfortunately, this is only part of the star cluster.  As you will notice, we have more contrast and blue luminous comes out much more than the last image of the Seven Sisters.  This image is for my wife, Nancy and is her favorate.  As soon as I can we will get them all.
M77
NGC 1068
This is a spiral galaxy situated in the constellation Cetus.  It has an active galactic nucleus.  Pierre Mechain discovered this object in Oct 1780.  Although you would not know it, it was one of the first recognized spiral galaxies, with quite younge stellar population.
NGC 6826
This planetary nebula in the constellation Cygnus.  It is often referred to as the 'blinking planetary'.  It is one of the smallest planetary nebulas.  I am sure that we will revisit this planetary nebula in the future.

NGC 7027

Planetary nebula
This nebula is very young and dense, located some 3,000 light years away located in the constellation Cygnus. It is another one of the smaller planetary nebulae, and for some reason estensively studied.  



M 103
NGC 582
Open Cluster
Located in the constellation Cassiopeia.  It has a magnitude of 7.4 and located about 10,000 light years from earth.  They estimate this open cluster is approx 25 million years old

Ngc 7790 & 7788
Located in Cassiopeia
They are visually closely aligned, however their distance from earth is uncertain.  NGC 7790 is in the lower left, while NGC7788 is in the upper right. 7799 is astronomically important in that it contains three classical Cepheid variable stars.  This means that there is a well-defined relationship between its luminosity and pulsation period.



M1
Nebula
NGC 1952
In the constellation Taurus, this supernova was recorded by the Chinese, Arab and the Chaco astronomers in 1054.  It is located about 6,500 light years from earth and is expanding at the rate of about 1,500 kilometers per second.  In the center lies the Crab Pulsar.  A neutron star that is spinning at 30.2 times per second.  IT was the first Messier object catalogued in 1758.