M 104 – Sombrero Galaxy

For its famous shape, this almost edge-on galaxy is well known under the name „Sombrero Galaxy“. The shape is formed by dust lanes projected against the galaxy’s core. This Sa or Sb-type spiral galaxy is located appr. 30 million lightyears from Earth and has a diameter of appr. 50,000 lightyears.


NGC 7814

NGC 7814 is an almost perfect sample of an edge-on spiral galaxy. Watching the galaxy nearly from its equator plane the dust lanes prominently project against the galactic core. This spiral galaxy is situated about 50 million lightyears from Earth and expands about 80,000 lightyears in diameter.


NGC 1579 – Northern Trifid

 NGC 1579 - Northern Triffid

NGC 1579 became famous as the „northern trifid nebula“ for its eye-catching dust lanes apparently dividing the nebula into several parts. A combination of luminescent gas (red) and illuminated interstellar material (blue) add up to the colorful arrangement thrilling the observer to dunk deeply into the scenery.


NGC 2419 – Intergalactic Wanderer

NGC 2419 is often called the „Intergalactic Wanderer“, an appropriate title considering its distance of some 300,000 lightyears from Earth. Compare this to the appr. 160,000 lightyears to the Magellanic Clouds, the Milkyway’s closest satellite galaxies. The Cluster might well be the remains of an ancient galaxy cought by our Milkyway’s force of gravity.


IC 1805 (Melotte 15)

IC 1805 is also know as Melotte 15, which is basically the open star cluster located in the constellation Cassiopeia. Nevertheless, even more stricting than the cluster is the field of H-II nebula surrounding the stars. Our image includes data taken through straight RGB and Ha-narrowband filter to incorporate both the impressive structures and the colorful view.


Abell 78

Located in the constellation Cygnus, this Planetary is a nice target for mid-sized telescopes. The spectrum reveals that while the faint outer halo is made up by usual interstellar matter (mostly Hydrogen), the embedded inner ring consists of pure Helium. This is considered to be a direct evidence of stellar fusion processes.


IC 5146

IC 5146 is also know as the „Cocoon Nebula“. It is located in the constellation of Cygnus in vicinity of the famous North America Nebula. Recent studies consider the nebula about 10 lightyears in diameter and some 3,000 lightyears away from earth. The picture is thus a window back in time to what has been in the year 1,000 B.C.


NGC 772

NGC 772 (no. 72 in Arp’s catalogue of peculiar galaxies) is a spiral galaxy (Type Sb) located in the constellation Aries. At a distance of some 130 million lightyears from earth it has an actual diameter of about 100,000 lightyears and is thus about as large as our milky way. The remarkable disturbed shape is caused by its interaction with its neighbor NGC 770.

NGC 6842

NGC 6842 is a nice Planetary with a visual diameter of less than 1 arcminute. It has a distance of approximately 4,500 lightyears from earth.

NGC 6802

NGC 6802 is a remarkable open cluster with an unusual almost rectangular shape. It is located in vicinity of the well known „coat hanger“, a bunch of stars in the characteristic arrangement.