Friday, March 29, 2013


Twenty years ago I saw this galaxy for the first time through the eyepiece of a telescope – an Island group of stars over 40 million light years away in the constellation Pegasus. It’s is only fitting that now after my own fiftieth voyage around our home star that I am just beginning to capture in a picture what I remember from all those years ago. Total exposure time of 15.75 hours.

NGC 7635

I started this photograph last year at the Peach State Star Gaze that was held at the Deerlick Astronomy Village.  It is a wonderful place to camp and look up at the stars.  This photograph is of NGC 7635, SH2-162, also called the Bubble Nebula.  It is an emission nebula about 7,800 light years away in the constellation Cassiopeia.   The estimated width across the bubble is 10 light years.  Total exposure time 21.5 hours.  Hope you enjoy!