Black Eye Galaxy
open cluster in Cancer
Little Dumbbell Nebula
Charles Messier (26 June 1730 – 12 April 1817) was a French astronomer who developed a catalogue of deep sky objects so that they wouldn’t be mistaken for comets by the enthusiastic comet hunters of his day. His original catalogue contained 45 objects which he eventually expanded to 103 with a further 7 objects being added in the 20th century, well after Messier’s death. In fact there is some dispute as to whether there are only 109 discrete objects in the catalogue that bears Messier’s name as some believe that M102 does not exist but was in fact a re-observation of M101, but in many reference resources M102 is listed as NGC 5866.
In time I hope to image all of the Messier objects. I haven’t done much imaging of clusters (29 of the Messier objects are globular clusters and a further 26 open clusters) preferring to focus on spiral galaxies, planetary nebula, and supernova remnants. I’ll hopefully get them all one day!
Several of the images below are works in progress that require more data or - in some cases - for me to start again so the quality is a bit variable!
Click on an image to enlarge (images last updated in April 2019).
M95, M96, & M105
open cluster in Gemini