DeepSky Photos

Deep Sky Objects

All photos are © Marshall Faintich

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Nebulae

Nebulae are clouds of interstellar gas where stars are born as the gaseous material condenses into a tightly packed mass. Ancient and medieval man could not see the colors in nebulae, as they appear to the naked eye as a grayish smudge against the dark night sky. The Eta Carina image has the nebula in the center, with the Southern Cross to the left, and the False Cross to the right.

Star Clusters & Galaxies

Loose star clusters appear to be associated as stellar groupings in the sky, but often are separated by greatly different distances from the earth. Note the blue nebulosity around the stars of the Pleiades. Globular clusters do form a spatially connected group, and often there more than a million stars in a single cluster. Galaxies contain hundreds of billlions of stars.

I did quite a bit of film-based astrophotography in the mid-1980s through the early 1990s, and then started this hobby once again in 2020 using digital cameras.

Digital Astrophotography



Orion Nebula

Orion & Running Man Nebulae

Orion Belt and Sword

Flame & Horsehead Nebulae
(Orion Belt)

Flame & Horsehead Nebulae
(Orion Belt)

Lagoon & Trifid
Nebulae

Omega & Eagle
Nebulae

North American &
Pelican Nebulae

North American &
Elephant Trunk Nebulae

Veil
Nebula

North American, Elephant Trunk, & Veil Nebulae

Heart & Soul Nebulae
with H & Chi Persei

H & Chi Persei
Double open cluster

Heart & Soul
Nebulae

Andromeda
& M110 Galaxies

Andromeda,
Triangulum & M110 Galaxies

Pleiades Star
Cluster

Pleiades Star
Cluster

M22
Globular Cluster

M71
Globular Cluster


Film-based Astrophotography



Dumbbell Nebula

Rosette Nebula

Eta Carina Nebula

Beehive Cluster

Christmas Tree Cluster

Wild Duck Cluster

M5

M13

M15