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
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
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
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
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
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
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