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m31
M31, M32 & M110 - Andromeda Galaxy.  At ≈ 2.5 Mly this grand spiral is the most distant object one can see with the unaided eye.  It is estimated to contain about 1 trillion stars and is thought to resemble our own galaxy very closely.  It’s two satellite galaxies, M32  and M110 are clearly visible in this image.  Image: 7/03/2014 Laura Heyd m16
M16 - The Eagle Nebula in Serpens.  This beautiful star forming nebula is derives its common name from the darker, more dense dust and gas regions near its center.   Image: 7/03/2014 Laura Heyd
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North American Nebula or NGC 7000.  This very large diffuse nebula in Cygnus is about 2200 ly distant.  This is a narrow band image was taken with H-alpha, OII & Sulphur II filters.  Image: 11/09/13 Sara Crandall cal 
California Nebula or NGC 1499.  At about 1000 ly away, this fairly large (~ 2.5˚) emission nebula in Perseus is a very challenging object to capture both visually and photographically due to its low surface brightness.  This is our first attempt at narrowband imaging with H-alpha, S-II and O-III (HSO)   Image: 11/02/13 Todd Tuttle
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Pleiades or M45.  The Pleiades are one of the most beautiful celestial objects to view and observe.  This young, open cluster is “right next door” at only ~ 425 ly distant in the constellation Taurus.  The associated nebulosity is lit up by reflected light from the hot and very luminous stars in this familiar cluster.  Image: 10/26/13 Tracy Tuttle iris
Iris Nebula or NGC 7023.  Located in the constellation Cepheus, this is a very dim and diffuse reflection nebula illuminated by the magnitude 6.8, B5 star at its heart.  The system is about 1300 ly away and about 6 ly across.  This nebula requires very precise guiding and relatively long exposure times.  Image: 10/26/13 Tracy Tuttle
helix
The Helix Nebula or NGC 7293.  This famous planetary nebula in Aquarius is a favorite target of astro-imagers.  At only 700 ly away this is one of the closest planetary nebula, as well as, one of the largest at about 18 arc minutes in diameter (it is actually about 2.9 ly across).  Image: 10/26/13 Tracy Tuttle m20
M20 - Trifid Nebula or NGC 6514.  This beautiful nebula is a combination of an emission nebula and a reflection nebula.  It has a magnitude of 6.3 and is approximately 5.2 kly away in the constellation of Sagittarius.  It is considered a Summer constellation and is one of the most wonderful and often imaged of the Messier objects.
m81
M81 & M82 - Bode’s Nebulae.  This stunning pair of galaxies are about 12 million ly distant in Ursa Major. Both are spiral galaxies with M81 (the face-on spiral in the upper center) having an active core with a supermassive black hole and M82 (sometimes called the Cigar Galaxy) being a Starburst galaxy, generating new stars at a rate 10 times that of the Milky Way. m44
M44 - Praesepe or Beehive in Cancer.  This open cluster is a great naked eye or binocular target.  It contains about 40 bright stars and a total of about 1000 stars.  Image 05/14/12 Tracy Tuttle (Processed with Gimp™Software)