Faulkes Telescope Observations

Images of deep space objects

*** Dumbbell Nebula ***

The Dumbbell Nebula is a planetary Nebula, (M27). 3 colour images obtained using the Faulkes Telescope North at Haleakala, operated by Las Cumbres Observatory. Click on image to enlarge.

*** Messier 50 ***

Messier 50 is an open cluster of stars, (M50). 3 colour images obtained using 1 meter telescope at Sutherland, operated by Las Cumbres Observatory.

My main target to achieve while I was at the observatory was to find a comet or an asteroid in space using the Faulkes telescopes and the Las Cumbres observatory global telescope network. We found possible objects to observe but the weather wasnt good so we couldnt get the results from Siding Spring or in Haleakala observatories, we booked more slots and then I decided to look at deep space objects called "Messier's". These are simply groups of stars or gases and other heavy and light elements or many stars grouped together to create a formation called a galaxy. In the galaxy there are regions that are filled with different stars, for example stars that explode called supernovae. You will get other stars like the yellow dwarf, this star closest to us is called the sun. We did try to observe 2015 SO2 but the weather did not permit this request. 2015 SO2 was an asteroid that was discovered on the 21st of September 2015, it was an earth resembling asteroid in terms of its orbit.

We thank Las Cumbres Observatory and the Faulkes Telescope Project for giving us time to use their telescopes which allowed these observations to be made.

- Joshua.

2015 September 25th

More astronomical projects with the Faulkes Telescopes

Last Revised: 2015 September 25th