M13. Globular cluster located in constellation of Hercules. These stellar systems are found around the Milky Way, and they gave the first clues to the shape of our galaxy and where we are located in it. They are devoid of interstellar gas and dust.
See below, Mars (14 arcseconds in diameter) taken 5/2/10 - through an orange filter. Syrtis Major is visible like a dark nose on a face. Note also the white polar northern ice cap at the bottom of the image.
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Further images can be seen in the observatory section. All of the astro- images on this website (excluding solar images) are taken with a Meade 8" Lx90 telescope. This is an SCT type with Alt Az configuration. The Observatory is planning to upgrade with a wedge shortly
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Saturn on the 1st April 2009: 22:00 hours BST The rings are inclined nearly end on to the earth. The Cassini division is visible at the outer edge of the ring, despite the low angle. Banding on the globe can be seen.
Our view of the night sky worsens every year due to light pollution and the lack of public interest in promoting enviromentally friendly design and siting of artificial lighting. Many people have never seen the Milky Way, the dusty, star rich disc plane of the galaxy in which we live. Few places are now left in the UK where skies are dark. Future generations will lose sight of the galaxy in which we live. Other galaxies are becoming lost in a sky that is brighter every year.
This site is a feature of Burntwood Observatory near Walsall and is an amateur astronomy operation. See below, an image of the Ring Nebula in the constellation of Lyra. This planetary nebula, distance 4100 light years (at 186,000 miles per second, that's a long way) is the remnant of a dying star that has thrown a shell of gas out into space.