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Nebulae are clouds of gas and dust that appear hazy to our eyes through the telescope and to the camera.  To me, visually these are some of the most beautiful objects to observe (next to the planets).  The word "nebulae" (singular, nebula) comes from the Greek word for cloud.  There are different types of nebulae.  Emission Nebulae are glowing like neon signs from the energy released by the stars within them.  Reflection Nebulae are illuminated by the reflected light of nearby stars.  Dark Nebulae are areas of dense dust clouds which block the light of background stars or nebulae. Planetary Nebulae are the result of stars which have thrown off shells of gas during the later part of their life.

To view the details on each nebulae, including how I imaged it, just click on the name or the image.

Messier 17

"Swan Nebula"

"Omega Nebula"


Messier 27

"Dumbbell Nebula"

"Butterfly Nebula"

Messier 42

"Orion Nebula"


Messier 57

"Ringl Nebula"

NGC 7635

"Bubble Nebula"

NGC 2261

"Hubble's Variable Nebula"

IC 434

"Horsehead Nebula"


M 97

"Owl Nebula"

IC 5146

"Cocoon Nebula"


NGC 2392

"Eskimo / Clown Face Nebula"

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