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Pictures taken in Kennon Observatory

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The famous Sombrero galaxy (M104) is a spiral with a very dark dust lane.

In Ursa Major, Bode's galaxy (M81), M101 are giant spirals; so is M109 .

Two bright and many faint members of the Coma Berenices Galaxy Cluster (M 100).

In Cygnus, NGC6946 is a pretty, 10-magnitude face-on spiral galaxy.

The Back Eye Galaxy (M 64) in Coma Berenices got its name from its dark dust lane.

Two members of the Leo group of galaxies in one picture (M 65 & 66).

The cigar-shaped irregular galaxy M82 in Ursa Major is nicely colored, with a supernova in it.

The second closest large spiral galaxy is the Pinwheel Galaxy (M33) in Triangulum.

The edge-on galaxy NGC 891 in Andromeda is pretty.

In Pisces, M74 is a faint, 10-magnitude face-on spiral galaxy.

The Whirlpool Galaxy, (M51) was the first whose spiral arms were recognized.

Careful image processing brings out the high-speed jet leaving the giant elliptical galaxy M87.

The Pinwheel 'Nebula' (M 99) is actually a face-on spiral galaxy, full of star formation regions.

The Whale Galaxy (NGC 4631) is actually a spiral galaxy interacting with its elliptical companion.

Star clusters:

The globular cluster M3 in Canes Venatici is great on a long exposure picture.

The Intergalactic Wanderer (NGC 2419) is a distant globular cluster.

The famous Hercules globular cluster M13.

The double cluster NGC 869 and 884 in Perseus.

Another nice globularcluster is M53 in Coma Berenices.

We took a great image of M15, a globular cluster in Pegasus.

The globular cluster M2 in Aquarius.

The open cluster M67 in Cancer.

The open cluster M11 in Scutum.

The open cluster M52 in Cassiopeia.

The open cluster M103 in Cassiopeia.

The globular cluster M71 in Sagitta.


The Crab nebula (M1) is a spectacular supernova remnant.

The Eagle nebula (M16) is a molecular cloud; the famous "Pillars of Creation".

The Omega nebula (M17) is a molecular cloud in Sagittarius.

The Trifid nebula (M20) is a pretty molecular cloud.

The Pelican Nebula (IC 5067) is a HII region in Cygnus.

The Eskimo nebula (NGC2392) is a little but colourful planetary nebula.

The Owl nebula (M97) is a planetary in the Big Dipper.

The Cirrus Nebula, part of the Veil, (NGC 6960) is a HII region in Cygnus.

The Crescent Nebula, (NGC 8666) is another HII region in Cygnus.

A H-alpha filter helped to a nice Horsehead (IC434). It really looks like the head of a horse!

The Pacman Nebula (NGC281) is a HII region in Cassiopeia.

The Dumbell Nebula (M27) is a great-looking colorful planetary in Vulpecula.

Great detail in our images of the Ring Nebula (M57), a colorful planetary in Lyra.

We great images of the Orion Nebula (M42), a molecular cloud where stars are forming now.

The Cocoon Nebula (IC 5146) has an low surface brightness, so it barely sticks out of skyglow.

The Bubble Nebula (NGC7635) is a HII region in Cassiopeia.

The Elephant's Trunk (IC 1396) is an emission nebula in Cepheus.

The Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) is a large planetary nebula in Aquarius.

The Little Dumbell (M76) is a colorful planetary nebula in Perseus.

Minor planets, Pluto, and comets:

Pluto is very faint (14.5 mg) and is low over the horizon, we still managed to find it.

Here is a movie of asteroid 369 Aeria.

Planet Neptune with its largest moon.

Comet 17P/Holmes after its unexpected outburst of Oct. 24, 2007.

Comet 103P/Harley 2 on Oct. 4, 2010.

Comet 2014 Q2/Lovejoy Spring 2015.


In Puppis, M46 is an open cluster with a planetary nebula.

An open cluster and a reflection nebula (NGC 7129 / NGC 7142).

The learning curve towards building a mosaic of the Moon; and where we are now.

In April 2004 we took a few nice exploratory pictures of the Moon and Jupiter.

Light curves of pulsating variable stars (AE Ursae Maioris 1; improved: AE Ursae Maioris 2; BP Pegasi).

A preliminary Herzspring-Russel Diagram of the open cluster M 67.

We used the Questar 7-inch telescope to image Mars and Saturn, with mixed results.