Messier Objects

Images and capture details on the Messier Objects.

Globular Cluster Messier 5 in Serpens


M5 (NGC 5904) is a bright globular cluster located in the constellation Serpens. M5 is one of the oldest globular clusters, as well as one of the brightest, in our galaxy. Estimates to the number of stars vary from 100,000 to as many as 500,000.Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mm ED Triplet APO Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, ISO 3200, 15 x 60 second exposures with dark/bias frames, guided using a ZWO ASI290MC and Orion 60mm guide scope. Image date: June 14, 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, PA, USA.

Globular Cluster Messier 12 in the Constellation Ophiuchus

Messier 12 (M12 or NGC 6218 in the New General Catalog) is a globular cluster in the constellation Ophiuchus. Through my online research I also found that this cluster is referred to as the “Gumball Globular”, that’s a new one for me. It was discovered in 1764 by the French astronomer Charles Messier who described it as a “nebula without stars”. M12 is approximately 15,700 light-years distant. You will definitely need binoculars or a small telescope to see this cluster. This cluster contains about 200,000 stars, the brightest of them are about 12th magnitude.
Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mm ED Triplet APO Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, ISO 3200, 13 x 60 second exposures with dark/bias frames, guided using a ZWO ASI290MC and Orion 60mm guide scope. Image date: June 14, 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, PA, USA.

A Quick Visit the the Hercules Cluster, Messier 13


I took a few minutes to collect some data on the Hercules Cluster, Messier 13 using the Esprit 120ED scope, I was not upset with the results! Looking forward to capturing more data when this cluster rises a bit higher in the evening sky.
Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mm ED Triplet APO Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, ISO 3200, 5 x 60 second exposures with dark/bias frames, guided using a ZWO ASI290MC and Orion 60mm guide scope. Image date: 16 March 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory in Weatherly, PA.

Messier 52 and the Bubble Nebula


The Bubble Nebula or NGC 7635 is an emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia that forms the look of a bubble in space. Messier 52 (M52, NGC 7654) is an open star cluster also found in the constellation Cassiopeia. Distances to this open cluster vary from 3,000 to 7,000 light years. I have read some estimates that this cluster has over 190 members.
Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mm ED Triplet APO Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, ISO 3200, 95 x 60 second exposures with dark/bias frames, guided using a ZWO ASI290MC and Orion 60mm guide scope. Image date: June 11, 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, PA, USA.
  • Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messier_52)
  • Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NGC_7635)

Messier 58 and the Siamese Twins


Messier 58 (M58 or NGC 4579) is a barred spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo. In my image, M58 is the spiral looking object in the lower left corner. Also captured in the upper right corner are the Siamese Twins, NGC 4567 and NGC 4568, which are in the early process of colliding and merging with each other. These are on my list of items to hit with 12” scope down the road.
Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mm ED Triplet APO Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, ISO 3200, 54 x 60 second exposures with dark/bias frames, guided using a ZWO ASI290MC and Orion 60mm guide scope. Image date: 18 March 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, PA, USA.

Elliptical Galaxy Messier 86 in Virgo


Messier 86 (also known as M86 or NGC 4406) is an elliptical or lenticular galaxy in the constellation Virgo. It is about 52 million light-years away from Earth and has an apparent magnitude of 8.9. It is estimated that this galaxy has over 3,800 globular clusters in it, amazing! Also appearing in this view is the edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 4402 to the left and the spiral galaxy NGC 4388 to the right.
Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mm ED Triplet APO Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, ISO 3200, 54 x 60 second exposures with dark/bias frames, guided using a ZWO ASI290MC and Orion 60mm guide scope. Image date: 18 March 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, PA, USA.

Elliptical Galaxy Messier 89 in Virgo


Messier 89 (M89 or NGC 4552) is an elliptical galaxy found in the constellation Virgo and is a member of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. It has an apparent magnitude of 10.73 and is about 50,000,000 light-years away from Earth. The two galaxies off to the right are NGC 4551 and NGC 4550 (magnitude 12.5 and 13.0)
Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mm ED Triplet APO Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, ISO 3200, 54 x 60 second exposures with dark/bias frames, guided using a ZWO ASI290MC and Orion 60mm guide scope. Image date: 18 March 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, PA, USA.

Galaxy Messier 95 (M95) in the Constellation Leo


Messier 95 (also known as M95 or NGC 3351) is a barred spiral galaxy located in the constellation Leo, about 38 million light-years away.
Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mm ED Triplet APO Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, ISO 3200, 54 x 60 second exposures with dark/bias frames, guided using a ZWO ASI290MC and Orion 60mm guide scope. Image date: 17 March 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory in Weatherly, PA.

Spiral Galaxy Messier 98 in Coma Berenices

Messier 98, also known as M98 or NGC 4192, is an intermediate spiral galaxy located about 44 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices, about 6° to the east of the bright star Denebola.
Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mm ED Triplet APO Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, ISO 3200, 54 x 60 second exposures with dark/bias frames, guided using a ZWO ASI290MC and Orion 60mm guide scope. Image date: 17 March 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, PA, USA.
  • Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messier_98)
  • SEDS (http://www.messier.seds.org/m/m098.html)
  • NASA (https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2018/messier-98)

Spiral Galaxy Messier 99 (M99) in Coma Berenices

Messier 99 or M99 (NGC 4254) in the constellation Coma Berenices is a spiral galaxy approximately 56 million light-years away from Earth. Burnham states, “The spiral pattern is very well defined, although somewhat asymmetric, with an unusually far-extending arm on the west side….”
Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mm ED Triplet APO Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, ISO 3200, 54 x 60 second exposures with dark/bias frames, guided using a ZWO ASI290MC and Orion 60mm guide scope. Image date: 17 March 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory in Weatherly, PA.

Elliptical Galaxy Messier 105 in the Constellation Leo

Here is a view of Messier 105 (M105 or NGC 3379) in the constellation Leo. M105 is the bright elliptical galaxy on the top. The other two include NGC 3384 to the lower left of M105 and spiral galaxy NGC 3389 to the lower right.
Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mm ED Triplet APO Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, ISO 3200, 54 x 60 second exposures with dark/bias frames, guided using a ZWO ASI290MC and Orion 60mm guide scope. Image date: 17 March 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, PA, USA.
  • Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messier_105)
  • SEDS (http://www.messier.seds.org/m/m105.html)

Galaxy Messier 106 (M106) in Canes Venatici


Messier 106 (M106) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici and is approximately 23.7 million light years from Earth. You can also see the edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 4217 in the upper right corner and NGC 4220 on the left.
Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mm ED Triplet APO Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, ISO 3200, 58 x 60 second exposures with dark/bias frames, guided using a ZWO ASI290MC and Orion 60mm guide scope. Image date: 10 April 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory in Weatherly, PA.