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If your obsession is deep sky objects, and lets face it deep sky images fill most astronomers with wonder and awe, then look no further, this is the page for you!
Below are a selection of deep sky images taken by members & stunning they are too!

Please note that all pictures are copyrighted and may not be used without the explicit permission of the owner.



To see the Messier index of objects click here.
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CMHASD Imaging Challenge.








1. Rob Wilson - 2016

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2. Gordon Collings - 2016

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The Ring Nebula (M57) by Gordon Collings. Click on the image to see a larger view.



3. Andy Smith - 9th October 2015

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C30 (NGC7331) A Spiral Galaxy
9th October 2015
Chatham, Kent.

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4. Neil Webster - 2nd October 2015

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M39
2nd October 2015
From heavily light polluted - Bromley, Kent.

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5. Brian Thompson - 2015

Below are a selection of the latest deep sky images from Brian Thompson and stunning they are too.
Please click here to see a larger view and information about how Brian acquired all 4 of his images.
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M45 The Pleiades
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M13
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M42 The Orion Nebula
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M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

6. Neil Webster - Dec 2014 & Jan/Feb 2015

Images all taken from a heavily light polluted back garden in Bromley, Kent in December 2014, January & February 2015
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NGC 884/869 (The Double Cluster) - taken January 2015
NGC 884 and 869 are thought to have formed from same molecular cloud and each contain 300+ blue-white supergiant stars. Both are very young and form the core of the Perseus OB1 association located in the Perseus spiral arm.
NGC 884 is an estimated 3.2 million years old and lies at a distance of 7,500 light years. Its overall combined magnitude is 4.4.
NGC 869 is an older 5.6 million years old and is 6,700) light years away (800 light years closer than NGC 884). It has an integrated magnitude of 4.3 and is the more compact and heavier (869: 3,700 solar masses, 884: 2,800 solar masses).

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M34 - taken February 2015
A loose Open Cluster of about 100 stars in Perseus at an estimated distance of 1600 light years. Age calculations range from 110 million years (1957) to a more recent 225 million years. At least 17 stars are potential doubles although how many are true physical binaries as opposed to optical line of sight doubles awaits verification.

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M37 - taken January 2015
A very rich galactic cluster in Auriga containing at least 2000 stars. Its estimated age of 500 million light years explains the many white dwarf stars. Distance estimates range from 4,500 to 6,700 light years.


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M35 & NGC 2158 - taken February 2015
M35 is a young (100 to 150 million years) open cluster in Gemini at a distance between 2700 and 3600 light years. It has an estimated 20 stars down to 10th magnitude, 120 down to 13th magnitude and an amazing 2,700 down to 21st magnitude.

To the upper right is the faint very compact, rich NGC 2158 open cluster at an estimated distance of 12,000 light years. Its calculated age of two thousand millions years make it potentially one of the oldest open clusters in the Milky Way.

Click on image to see a larger view & to see information about how the image was acquired by Neil and a now re-processed version of the original image too.
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O – 1 Cygni (Omicron 1 Cygni) - taken December 2014
This is an orange, blue and white triple star system in Cygnus. It is found 5 degrees west of the star Deneb.

Omicron 1 Cygni triple star system is not a true gravitationally interacting system, it is just a chance alignment in the sky.

Omicron 1 Cygni is also identified as 31 Cygni. The white star 30 Cygni lies 5.6 arcminutes northwest of Omicron 1 Cygni. The blue star HD 192579 lies 106 arcseconds to the south of Omicron 1 Cygni.

Omicron 1 Cygni has a magnitude of 3.8, HD 192579 has a magnitude of 7.0 and 30 Cygni has a magnitude of 4.8.

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NGC 457 also known as the Owl Cluster and the E.T. Cluster (Caldwell 13) - taken December 2014
NGC 457 in Cassiopeia was discovered by William Herschel in 1787 and lies at a distance of 7,900 light years. It is one of the brightest open clusters in Cassiopeia with an estimated age of 21 million years. It is found 2 degrees south-south west of delta Cassiopeia.

NGC 457 looks like a little "stick-figure" with its arms spread out widely. The shape of the little figure is very obvious. The figure stands right up with his feet in the north and his head with two glittering eyes in the south. He spreads his arms out to the east and west.

The nicknames are due to the two prominent (eye) stars, which are Phi Cassiopeia a yellow star of magnitude 5.0 and HD7902 a blue star of magnitude 7.0, separation 135”.

It contains at least 150+ stars between magnitudes 12 – 15.

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7. Simon Dawes - 2014

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Constellation - Orion
Taken September 2014 at Kelling Heath, Norfolk.

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M42 - Orion's Nebula
Taken September 2014 at Kelling Heath, Norfolk.

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8. Neil Webster - 2014

New Astrophotographer & CMHASD member Neil Webster has gone and done it again producing six new absolutely stunning deep sky images to add to his two open cluster images - M39 and IC1396 - all taken from his heavily light polluted back garden in Bromley, Kent in September & October 2014. Neil is very pleased with his images and in his own words said 'He is a happy boy!' which is completely understandable if you have just produced spectacular images like these! Neil has included details of how he obtained the images.
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M29 Open Cluster in Cygnus
Lies right in Milky Way and suffers from interstellar dust extinction so only an estimated 5% of emitted light reaches us. The five central stars are blue supergiants with estimated combined luminosities of 160,000 Suns.
Distance measurements have been difficult due to the absorption but include 7,200, 4,000, 6,000 light years.

Taken on the 22nd September 2014.


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M45 Open Cluster in Taurus also known as Pleiades & Seven Sisters
Dominated by middle-age hot B-type stars that have formed in last 100 million years and are passing through an unrelated dust cloud. Distance estimates between 133 to 140 parsecs. Latest results say 136.2 parsecs. Previous Hipparcos measurements are hotly debated.

Taken 27th October 2014

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NGC 7039 in Cygnus
A young 66 million year old Open Cluster in Cygnus at a distance of 3,100 light years containing 100 – 125 uniform cluster-stars mostly between magnitudes 11 – 13.

Taken 22nd September 2014

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NGC 7209 Open Cluster in Lacerta (Latin for Lizard)
3,800 light years away and estimated to be 410 million years old. 36+ bluish stars.

Taken 19th October 2014

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NGC 7789 Open Cluster in Cassiopeia
Found among rich starfields of Milky Way at a distance of 8,000 light years. Discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1783 and known as “Caroline’s Rose” due to rose-pattern appearance. Many stars have evolved from main sequence stars to become red giants hence many orange/red stars.

Taken 19th October 2014

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NGC 7790 Open Cluster in Cassiopeia
10, 800 light years away and is a young cluster with an age of 60 – 80 million years.

Taken 19th October 2014

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M39
Taken 23rd August 2014


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IC 1396
Taken 23rd August 2014


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IC 1396 - is a star forming region/cluster in the constellation Cepheus close to the star Mu Cephei, also known as Herschel's Garnet Star which is a red supergiant. IC 1396 is 100 light years across at a distance of 2400 light years and is home to a well known emission nebula called The Elephant's Trunk. Also, of interest is the triple star system HIP 106886 in the centre of IC 1396.

9. Honor Wheeler - 2014

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The Milky Way
Taken 23rd August 2014
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10. Andy Smith - 2014

Click on the following link below to be taken to Andy's 'Astronomy' album on his flickr page to see more of Andy's stunning photos. Thank you Andy for giving permission to link your page.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/toxictraveller/sets/72157632538120596/
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M31
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M33
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M82
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M81 & M82
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The Veil Nebula
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11. Gordon Collings

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M42 - Orion's Nebula
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12. David Sheehan

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M57 - The Ring Nebula
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The Veil Nebula
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13. Martin Crow

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M45 Open Cluster in Taurus also known as Pleiades & Seven Sisters
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M33
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M31
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14. Older deep sky images by members of CMHASD

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Bubble Nebula
NGC 7635
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Horsehead Nebula
(3 Images)
Barnard 33
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Rosette Nebula
NGC 2237, NGC 2238, NGC 2239, NGC 2246
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California Nebula
NGC 1499
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Leo Trio
M65,M66 and NGC 3628
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Edge on Spirial
NGC5964
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Galaxy Cluster, Seyfert's sextet
NGC6027
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Two Globular Clusters close to each other, NGC6522 and NGC6528
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NGC6539 Globular Cluster
NGC6539
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NGC6814 Face on spirial galaxy
NGC6539
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Region around Gamma Cygni
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