Welcome to my gallery.

By clicking the individual tabs you can see what equipment I use to take photographs, read a short note about the author or browse the photo gallery. The latter one contains pictures arranged thematically:

Nebulae, or areas containing interstellar dust and gas. Many of them (e.g. molecular clouds) are the so-called stellar nurseries where new stars are born. In general, nebulae are divided into:

  • Dark nebulae (e.g. the Horsehead nebula, B33) – they are clouds of dust that absorb starlight (including ultraviolet light) completely. It sometimes happens that a dark nebula (e.g. a Bok globule) is actually compact hydrogen that will turn into a young star (most frequently a star system).
  • Reflection nebulae (e.g. the Witch Head nebula, IC2118) – they are clouds of gas and dust that owe their colour to the reflected light of a nearby star or stars.
  • Emission nebulae (e.g. the Orion Nebula, M42) – they are bright gas areas that are heated up to extremely high temperatures by the ultraviolet radiation of nearby stars.
  • Planetary nebulae – they are most frequently just tiny nebulae created when a dying star throws away its external gas envelopes and then ionises them.

Galaxies – pictures of massive, gravitationally bound star systems, interstellar dust and the invisible dark matter. Aside from the individual stars, galaxies also contain a large number nebulae and star systems. Many, if not all, galaxies have a supermassive black hole at their core. In great simplification galaxies are divided into:

  • spiral (with and without a bar, e.g. M58 in constellation Virgo or NGC 1300 in Eridanus constellation)
  • lenticular (it's a type of galaxy which is intermediate between an elliptical galaxy and a spiral galaxy, e.g. NGC 5866 in Draco constellation)
  • elliptical (is a galaxy having an approximately ellipsoidal shape and a smooth, nearly featureless brightness profile, e.g. huge M87 Virgo-A galaxy in Virgo constellation)
  • irregular (is a galaxy that does not have a distinct regular shape, unlike a spiral or an elliptical galaxy, e.g. NGC 1427A in Eridanus constellation)

Old ones – these are the photos taken with my oldest equipment, back when I was using a Canon 40D as a detector, as well as a different telescope and mount. These are the photographs not only of nebulae and galaxies, but also of globular and open clusters.

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Best regards and enjoy your stay.
Pawel Radomski