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Messier Gallery
Univ of Chicago Yerkes Obs 24in Telescope

Orientation of images is approximately North up, East left. Small resized/cropped pictures are linked to full images. The University of Chicago's Yerkes Observatory, 24 inch telescope, with a focal length of 324 inches (823cm) equipped with an Apogee Ap7p CCD camera (24 micron pixels) yields images with 0.6 arcseconds/pixel.   Images are approximately 500 by 500 pixels; the resulting field of view is approximately 5 arcminutes square.  Objects are imaged in response to  HOU requests or by teachers and students visiting the observatory.   Object names are linked to image.fts files for downloading and opening with HOU-IP or other fits viewers.  Click here to download any .fts image. or click on the M# of each object to link to that fts file for download.  Images taken for HOU™ by Vivian Hoette.

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M1 NGC 1952 (Crab) in Taurus M2 NGC 7089 in Aquarius M3 NGC 5272 in Canes Venatici
120s exposure, no filter.  Image taken for HOU, September 26, 2000. 100s exposure, red filter.  Image taken for HOU, August 28, 2000. 60s exposure, blue filter. Image taken by DePaul University Astronomy Class.  May 5, 2000.

 

M5 NGC 5904 in Serpens

M8 NGC 6523 (Lagoon) in Sagittarius

M9 NGC 6333 in Ophiuchus

60s exposure, red filter.  Image taken by Kaoru KIMURA for UNIVERSE Liveshow, Science Museum, Tokyo, April 28, 2001. 60s exposure, red filter.  Image taken by Orson Bangert of Carthage College, July 25, 2000. 60s exposure, red filter. April 29, 2001. Image taken for  Jeff Adkins, Deer Valley H.S.

 

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M10 NGC 6254 in Ophiuchus M11 NGC 6705 (Wild Duck) in Scutum

M12 NGC 6218 in Ophiuchus

60s exposure, no filter.  Image taken for Jennifer, Best Practice HS, Chicago.  May 21, 2000. 60s exposure, red filter.  Image taken during a  NASA meeting of Wisconsin and Illinois teachers by Al, Gary, Tim, Lynne.  September 17, 2000. 60s exposure, red filter. April 4, 2001. Image taken for  Adkins, M.P., and J.S., Deer Valley H.S.

 

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M13 NGC 6205 M14 NGC 6402 in Ophiuchus M15 NGC 7078 in Pegasus
45s exposure, red filter. Image taken by Heritage HS Astronomy Club, May 6, 2000. 60s exposure, red filter.  Image taken for David, Britt, and Karl of Grissom Junior High by Sharon White, Frank Mills. May 21, 2000. 60s exposure, red filter.  Image taken by Hughes Pack, Rich Lohman, Tim Spuck, Frank Mills, Ralph Mazzio.  June 28th, 2000.

 

M22 NGC 6656 in Sagittarius (Crackerjack) M26 NGC 6694 in Scutum M27  NGC 6853 (Dumbbell) in Vulpecula
60s exposure, red filter.  Image taken for Irene Brisson and Ying Ying Chu of North Salinas HS, July 7, 2000. 60 s exposure, V filter.  Image taken by Jeff Sweet, Lynne Zielinkski, Glenn Reagan on June 30, 2000. 90s exposure, no filter. Image taken for Latrice and Shannon, Walter Payton College Prep. H.S., Chicago.  September 27, 2000.

 

M28 NGC 6626 in Sagittarius M30 NGC 7099 in Capricorn M31 NGC 224 in Andromeda
30s exposure.  Image taken for Jodi-Asbell Clarke on July 20, 2000 by Bill McCoy, Orson Bangert. 20s exposure, red filter.  Image taken for the Museum of Science, Tokyo, September 18, 2000. Sum of 60s and 70s exposures (130s), red filter.  Images taken for David, Breck School, by Alex and Brandon, Daniel Boone School.  January 6, 2001.

 

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M32 NGC 221 in Andromeda M33 NGC 598 (Pinwheel) in Triangulum

M34 NGC 1039 in Perseus

60s exposure, red filter.  Image taken for Lotta Wiklund, Fsyikum, Sweden, on September 13, 2000. 120s exposure, red filter.  Image taken for Doni, Southridge HS, January 6, 2001. 60s exposure, red filter.  Image taken for Cedric, Oil City High School, January 2, 2001.

 

M35 NGC 2168 in Gemini. M37 NGC 2099 in Auriga M39 NGC 7092 in Cygnus
20s exposure, red filter.  Image taken for  Steve Lockhart, Boiling Springs H.S., January 2, 2001. 10s exposure, light red filter. Image taken for Woodstock HS, Maria, Fred, Fred, Christina, Jodie, Jessie, Dr. Ken Gardner, February 6, 2000. 60s exposure, red filter.  Image taken for Soichi Ueda, August 28, 2000.

 

M40 Winnecke 4 in Ursa Major

M41 NGC 2287 in Canis Major M42 NGC 1976 in Orion
10s exposure, red filter.  Image taken for Chris and Steven, St. John School.  April 30, 2001. 60s exposure, red filter.  Image taken for Steve Lockhart, Boiling Springs HS. January 2, 2001. 6s exposure, red filter. Image taken for Hayden Planetarium, March 7, 2001.

 

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M44 NGC 2632 (Beehive) in Cancer

M45, The Pleiades, in Taurus.
This image shows Alcyone.

M46 NGC 2437 in Puppis

2s exposure, red filter. Image taken for Jeff Adkins, T. H., R.S., T.C, Deer Valley H.S., April 30, 2001. 0.03s exposure, no filter. Image taken for Marci, Breck School, December 20, 2000. 5s exposure, no filter. March 21, 2001. Image taken for Jeff Adkins, J. Buys, K. Bolen, Deer Valley H.S.

 

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M49 NGC 4472 in Virgo M51 NGC 5194 in (Whirlpool) Canes Venatici M52 NGC7654 in Cassiopeia
60s exposure, red filter.
April 25, 2000.
120s exposure, red filter. Median value of seven 120s images taken by Heritage HS Astronomy Club, May 6, 2000. 90s exposure, red filter. Image taken for Ryoko Akai, Japan, August 12, 2000.

 

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M53 NGC 5024  in Coma Berenices M56 NGC 6779 in Lyra M57 NGC 6720 (Ring) in Lyra
60s exposure, red filter. Image taken for Frank Mills on April 24, 2000.  Scattered clouds in sky. 120s exposure, red filter. Image taken by Orson Bangert and Alisha Church, June 23, 2000. 60s exposure, red filter. Image taken for Ralph Mazzio on April 12, 2000.

 

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M58 NGC 4579 in Virgo

M60 NGC 4649 in Virgo

M61 NGC 4303 in Virgo
240s combination of two120s exposures, no filter.  Images taken for Jeff Adkins, Cyndia, Jessica, Deer Valley H.S, and for Jason Petula, Tunkhannock Area H.S. April 18, 2001 180s exposure, no filter. March 21, 2001. Image taken for Jeff Adkins, A D Jackson-Cole, Deer Valley H.S. Sum of three 180s images (540s), red filter. Images taken by Frank Mills and Rick Walters. April 22, 2000.

 

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M63 NGC 5155 (Sunflower) in Canes Venatici

M64 NGC 4826 in (Black-Eye) Coma Berenices M65 NGC 3627 in Leo
180s exposure, no filter. March 21, 2001. Image taken for Jeff Adkins, K. Gorgevich, J. DeJose, A. Lupin, Deer Valley H.S. 200s exposure, red filter. March 12, 2000. Image taken by Kim Gerber, Frank Mills. 120s exposure, red filter.
March 6, 2000

 

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M66 NGC 3627 in Leo M67 NGC 2682 in Cancer M68 NGC 4590 in Hydra
120s exposure, red filter. March 6, 2000. Image taken for John Bean. 10s exposure, V filter. (B also available) March 12, 2000. Image taken by Kim Gerber, Norb Pozen, Barb Bergmann, Frank Mills. 60s exposure, red filter. Image taken by Heritage HS Astronomy Club, May 6, 2000.

 

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M69 NGC 6637 in Sagittarius

M71 NGC 6838 in Sagitta M76 NGC 650-1 (Little Dumbbell) in Perseus
120s exposure, no filter. May 19, 2001. Image taken by Courtney, Jessica, Amanda, Melinda, Heritage H.S. Astronomy Club. 30s exposure, red filter. July 20, 2000. Image taken by Bill McCoy and Orson Bangert.  180s exposure, red filter.  Image taken by Kevin McCarron for UNIVERSE Liveshow, Science Museum, Tokyo, September 30, 2000.

 

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M77 NGC 1068 in Pisces. M78 NGC 2068 in Orion M79 NGC 1904 in Lepus
60s exposure, red filter.  January 2, 2001.  Image taken for Yutaka Nishi, Japan.  60s exposure, no filter. December 20, 2000.  Image taken for UNIVERSE Liveshow. 60s exposure, red filter. Image taken by Sharon Carr, January 2, 2001.

 

M81 in Ursa Major M82 NGC 3034 in Ursa Major

M84 NGC 4374 in Virgo

Sum of two exposures: 90s and 120s (210s), red filter. May 6, 2000. Images taken by Heritage HS Astronomy Club. 60s exposure, no filter. April 8th, 2001.  Image taken by Eileen Bopp, Robin Bachkor, Tom Kaye. 180s exposure, no filter. March 21, 2001. Image taken for Jeff Adkins, C. Baraza, P. Vandernat, Deer Valley H.S.

 

M85 NGC 4382 in Coma Berenices

M86 NGC 4406 in Virgo

M87 NGC 4486 in Virgo
180s exposure, no filter. March 21, 2001. Image taken for Jeff Adkins, White, Busuttil, H.J.A. Cordes, Deer Valley H.S. 180s exposure, no filter. March 21, 2001. Image taken for Jeff Adkins, J. Chagas, M. Reinhold, J.  MacDougall, Deer Valley H.S. Sum of 120s and 180s exposures (300s), red filter. April 2, 2001.  Images taken for Jason Petula, Tunkhannock Area H.S., and UNIVERSE Liveshow, Tokyo.

 

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M88 NGC 4501 in Coma Berenices

M89 NGC 4552 in Virgo

M90 NGC 4569 in Virgo

120s exposure, red filter. Image taken by Sharon White, Stephanie Hobrock, Frank Mills, May 21, 2000. 120s exposure, no filter. May 19, 2001. Image taken by Lindsay, Katie, Katherine, Jason, Heritage H.S. Astronomy Club. 120s exposure, no filter. May 19, 2001. Image taken by Katie, Katherine, Lindsay, Jason, Heritage H.S. Astronomy Club.

 

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M91 NGC 4548 in Coma Berenices M92 NGC 6341 in Hercules M95 NCG 3351 in Leo
120s exposure, red filter.  Image taken for Stephanie by NFSI SKYWatch teachers: S. White, S. Hobrock, F. Mills. May 21, 2000. 60s exposure, no filter. Image taken by Kamaria, CARA Stars Space Explorers, August 9, 2000. Median value of eight 60s and two 120s exposures, red filter. March 6, 2000.  Images taken for John Bean and Sharon Carr.

 

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M96 NGC 3368 in Leo M97 NGC 3587 in Ursa Major (Owl) M98 NGC 4192 in Coma Berenices
Sum of four 120s exposures (480s), red filter. March 6, 2000. 180s exposure, no filter.  Image taken for Glenn Reagan, Cordova H.S. March 28, 2001. 120s exposure, red filter. Image taken by Sharon White, Stephanie Hobrock, Frank Mills, May 21, 2000.

 

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M99 NGC 4254 in Coma Berenices

M100 NGC 4321 in Coma Berenices M101 NGC5457 In Ursa Major
180s exposure, no filter. March 21, 2001. Image taken for Jeff Adkins and A. Kwong, Deer Valley H.S. Sum of two 180 second images, (360s), no filter.  Images taken for Heather, John, and Chad, Oil City H.S. and for Ryan Hannahoe, Youth Activities Chairman, Astronomical League.  April 18, 2001. Sum of two 120s exposures, clear filter (240s). Image taken for 'Scopey' and the Real Astronomy Experience exhibit at the Lawrence Hall of Science, July 25, 2005.

 

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M102 NGC5866 in Draco M104 NGC 4594  (Sombrero) in Virgo M105  NGC 3379 in Leo
60s exposure, red filter. Image taken for Sharon Carr, March 6, 2000. 120s exposure, red filter. Image taken for Frank Mills and Alan Gould. March 5, 2000. 120s exposure, red filter. March 6, 2000

 

M106 NGC 4258 in Canes Venatici

M107 NGC 6171 in Ophiuchus

M109 NGC 3992 in Ursa Major

180s exposure, no filter. March 21, 2001. Image taken for Jeff Adkins and A. Minjares, Deer Valley H.S. 60s exposure, no filter.  June 17, 2001.  Image taken by NFSI SKYWatch teachers, Barb Bergmann and Denny Moore. 180s exposure, no filter. March 21, 2001. Image taken for Jeff Adkins, Daniel Wasson, Deer Valley H.S.

Images taken at University of Chicago's Yerkes Observatory, 24 inch telescope, Apogee-CCD AP7p camera, in cooperation with Hands-On Universe (HOU), and the Illinois SKYWatch NFSI project..  Apogee CCD camera provided by Illinois State Board of Education for SKYWatch project. 

FITS images are viewable with Hands-On Universe Image Processing program or other fits viewers.  Pixel Scale is 0.6 arcseconds per pixel.  The field of view for full images is about 5 arc minutes.  Need HOU software to manipulate and analyze fts files? Follow this link to HOU project participation.
Note:  All small pictures here are resized by 50% and cropped.  Click on small pics to see full pictures.  Download .fts files by clicking on object name.  (Internet Explorer PC -- right click image name for 'save as' option.)  Link to All Jpegs and some Skyview Gifs of M objects. This page is meant to provide reference pictures for HOU image requests.  HOU participants, help us complete the gallery by requesting objects in the current night sky which are missing from this gallery! 


Created for HOU by Vivian Hoette, Lawrence Hall of Science.
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