The Cocoon nebula, IC 5146

The Cocoon nebula, IC 5146

The Cocoon Nebula, also known as IC 5146, is a beautiful and intriguing emission nebula located in the Cygnus constellation. It’s nearly 15 light-years wide and it is located some 3,300 light years away from Earth. The nebula gets its name from the appearance of...
The Seahorse chasing the Squid

The Seahorse chasing the Squid

In the Cepheus constellation we can find two interesting nebulae surrounded by a rich molecular cloud of dust and gas. Both nebulae have suggestive shapes and have been given the names of the Seahorse nebula (Barnard 150, at the bottom of the image) and the Squid...
Barnard 150, Seahorse in Cepheus new edition

Barnard 150, Seahorse in Cepheus new edition

Barnard 150, also catalogued as LDN 1082, is a dark nebula located some 1,200 light-years from Earth in the Cepheus constellation. Unlike emission or reflection nebulae that emit or reflect light, dark nebulae are composed of dense, cold gas and dust that block the...
A deep Triangulum galaxy

A deep Triangulum galaxy

This fall I captured several tens of hours of images on the Triangulum galaxy, Messier 33. I used the popular broadband approach (LRGB), but also gathered more than 100 hours in narrow band filters in order to see the star forming regions and rich nebulae in this...
Cosmic Squid, Ou4

Cosmic Squid, Ou4

  The Squid nebula, also called Ou4, was discovered back in 2011 by Nicolas Outters. It’s a really faint object that covers around one degree in the night sky, but it can only be detected through deep image integrations. It lies  in the Cepheus constellation....
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