Nebulas

Gemini

Gemini

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive M35 and NGC 2158. Photo © Scott Rosen. Gemini, the twins, lies northeast of Orion along the band of the Milky Way. The most obvious part of Gemini is the...

Orion

Orion

Horsehead Nebula. Photo © Kevin & Adrian Shank. Orion, the Hunter, is one of the most well-known constellations in the night sky. Most of its popularity comes from the fact that it is made up...

Favorite Focus, February 2024

Favorite Focus, February 2024

Horsehead Nebula. Photo © Kevin & Adrian Shank. While the Orion Nebula is by far the most fascinating target in Orion, when it comes to photography, the Flame, Horsehead, and these other...

Perseus

Perseus

Double Cluster, NGC 869 & NGC 884. Photo © Boris Stromar|Dreamstime.com. To the ancient Greeks, the stars of Perseus represented a hero. To me, this constellation bears little resemblance to a...

End of the Trail, January 2024: Orion Nebula

End of the Trail, January 2024: Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula (M42) and Running Man Nebula (NGC 1977). The Orion Nebula is one of the most splendid nebulas to enjoy through a telescope. While our eyes see a bluish white nebula, photography can...

In Our Skies, January 2024

In Our Skies, January 2024

View the January 2024 Nature Friend Magazine January starts off with a bang. The Quadrantid meteor shower, often considered one of the best showers of the year, peaks the night of 3/4. The best...

Deep Sky Surprises

Deep Sky Surprises

M78. Photo © Dogwood Ridge. Anxiously I scanned the sky as I stepped outside the door. Supper was over, and I was headed to the barn to do some chores. Darkness was falling across the valley, and...

Andromeda

Andromeda

Andromeda Galaxy, M31. Photo © Shaphan Shank. Andromeda is one of those ideal constellations that is easy to find, and that contains a wide variety of outstanding telescopic targets. The main part...

Aquarius

Aquarius

Helix Nebula, NGC 7293. Photo © Allexxandar/Dreamstime.com. Aquarius is a sprawling constellation that stretches across nearly 40° of the southern sky on autumn evenings. This constellation lies...

Aquila

Aquila

Aquila, the Eagle, is a mid-sized constellation that lies right along the summer Milky Way just south of the zenith on September evenings in the mid-northern latitudes. Altair, the brightest star of...

Canis Major

Canis Major

Canis Major, the Great Dog, lies in the southern sky just southeast of Orion. Like Orion, many of the stars that make up Canis Major are bright. The constellation’s brightest star, Sirius, is the...

Stargazing Chills

Stargazing Chills

Bubble Nebula and open star cluster M52. Photo © Shaphan Shank. Oh, no, I thought as I stepped out the door. Supper was over and darkness was falling. An hour or two earlier it had been snowing...

Taurus

Taurus

The Pleiades. Photo © Shaphan Shank. Taurus, the Bull, is a distinctive constellation that lies just northwest of Orion, high in the evening sky in late winter. A V-shaped group of stars forms the...

Backyard Stargazing

Backyard Stargazing

Andromeda Galaxy. Photo © Shaphan Shank. “Good night, Dad and Mom,” I said as I strode to the door, clad in a winter coat, hat, and boots.“Good night,” they replied—Mom with a sigh, glad she wasn’t...