Located 1500 light-years from Earth, the Great Orion Nebula (M42) presents a cross-section view of a galactic bubble of gas and dust. Sky-Watcher Equinox 100 ED, Canon 450D DSLR, and a home-built autoguider. Image processing done in IRIS. ISO400, 10 x 6 min exposure (1 hour total). Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. More Orion Nebula images here.

NGC2024(Flame Nebula) and IC434 (Horsehead Nebula) Sky-Watcher Equinox 100 ED, Canon 450D DSLR, 3x120sec exposure, ISO1600. Photo credit: Anthony Urbano

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The very first object in the Messier catalog, the M1 (Crab Nebula), taken with a Sky-Watcher Equinox 100 ED, Canon 450D DSLR, 2 x 180 sec exposure, ISO 1600. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

M20 is a cloud of ionized hydrogen gas some 25 light-years in diameter. Dark lanes visible in 3-4 inch telescopes may be seen extending from its center towards the west, northeast, and southeast, effectively dividing the nebula into 3 distinct patches, hence the name ‘Trifid’ which means ‘split into three,’ was derived. M21, an open cluster, is also visible in this photo (upper left of the nebula). Sky-Watcher 100 ED 4 in f/9 refractor, Kenko NES mount, Canon 450D DSLR, 240 sec exp, IS0 1600. April 6, 2012, Camarines Norte, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

M8, the Lagoon Nebula, is a cloud of ionized hydrogen gas some 50 light-years in diameter, located about 5000 light-years away. It is a region in space where new stars form. To the east of the nebula is the open cluster NGC 6530, also visible in this photograph. Sky-Watcher 100 ED 4 in f/9 refractor, Kenko NES mount, Canon 450D DSLR, 2 x 240 sec exp, IS0 1600. April 6, 2012, Camarines Norte, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

M57, the Ring Nebula, is a planetary nebula in the constellation Lyra. It is a cloud of cold gas expanding away from a small hot central star that provides energy for the gas cloud to glow. The nebula is relatively easy to find and is visible even with 3-4 inch telescopes. Sky-Watcher 100 ED 4 in f/9 refractor, Kenko NES mount, Canon 450D DSLR, 10 x 60 sec exp, IS0 1600. April 5, 2012, Camarines Norte, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

M27, the Dumbbell Nebula, a planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula imaged using a Sky-Watcher 100 ED 4 in f/9 refractor, Kenko NES mount, Canon 450D DSLR, 5 x 90 sec exp, IS0 1600. April 5, 2012, Camarines Norte, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

California nebula

Wide-field image of the California Nebula (right) and the dark nebula beside it (left) taken with a Canon 450D DSLR and a 50 mm f/1.8 kit lens, ISO 1600, 12 x 20 sec exposure, on November 11, 2012 under the dark clear skies of Boso-boso, Rizal, Philippines. The low surface brightness of California Nebula makes it an extremely difficult target to observe visually, but shows up nicely in photos. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

Veil Nebula

A 30-minute exposure with an OIII filter shows the fine thread-like structure of the Veil Nebula, a supernova remnant in the constellation Cygnus. The narrow-band filter helps cut through the severe light pollution in the city. Sky-Watcher 100 ED 4 in f/9 refractor, Kenko NES mount, Canon 450D DSLR, 4 x 480 sec exp, IS0 1600. April 15, 2012. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

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