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.