Mike Cadwell



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                                                Astrophotography from Mike Cadwell.

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The Blue Horse Head Nebula is a summer version of the famous Horse Head Nebula located in the Orion constellation. Also known as IC 4592, this nebula is located in the Scorpius constellation. The nebula is located about 420 light years from Earth and is nearly 40 light years across.


The solar eclipse of May 20th, 2012 was an annular eclipse if you were on the central path of the eclipse. This picture was taken from the Verde Valley which did not see the annularity, but a partial eclipse. This scenic location provided a unique view. Smoke from fires in the Prescott still hovered above the horizon. 


IC 405, also known as the Flaming Star Nebula is located in the constellation Auriga, the Charioteer. The bright star AE Aurigae illuminates the surrounding cloud of hydrogen gas.


IC 2167 is from the Index Catalogue of Objects. It is located in the constellation of Monoceros.  Stars, reflection nebula and dark nebula reside in this area. This is an up close look of the image below.


IC 2169 a reflection nebula, is located in the constellation Monoceros. The picture above is a close up of the dark nebula region.


Stars nearly overwhelm the view of this area near the center of the Milky Way. The Triffid Nebula (M20 upper right), the Lagoon Nebula (M8 lower center) and NGC 6559 (center left) make up this wide field image.


The Triangulum Galaxy, also know as Messier 33 (M33) shows several H2 (HII) regions through out. HII regions are the reddish areas that dot the expanse of the galaxy and are heavily concentrated clouds of hydrogen gas.


The Seven Sisters, also known as the Pleiades, the Subaru Cluster and Messier 45 (M45) is located in the Taurus constellation and is easily seen with the naked eye glowing in the sky. The nebulosity, however is just barely seen thru a telescope,. This picture used long exposures to capture the gaseous cloud surrounding the nebula.


Messier 52 (M52) is located upper left with the Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635) just below to the right of M52 and NGC 7538 is located upper left of the picture. This area of the Cassiopeia constellation is in the stream of the Milky Way and is heavily populated with clusters, stars and nebula.


Messier 63 (M63) is also know as the Sunflower Galaxy. Located in Canes Venatici, the Hunting Dogs. This galaxy is about 37 million light years from Earth.


NGC 891 shows a very detailed dust lane surrounding the galaxy, very similar to the dust lane that can be seen in the Milky Way. This galaxy is located in the constellation of Andromeda.


NGC 4565 is a galaxy with another well defined dust lane surrounding the core. This galaxy is sometimes called the Flying Saucer Galaxy and is located in the constellation of Coma Berenices. Another small spiral galaxy NGC 4562 is seen to the lower right of the picture.


NGC 6914 is a combination of hydrogen gas and dark dust lanes located in the constellation of Cygnus.


The Rho Ophiuchi Region bordering the boundary of Scorpius is near the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. Stars, clusters and lots of hydrogen gas fill the area as well as dark dust regions of interstellar carbon.


More to come