Pictures of the Messier Objects - Numbers 41 to 80

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M41 Open Cluster in Canis Major. Mag 4.5, 38', 150 stars.
80mm Meade APO refractor guided by 10" Meade LX200, Modified Canon 1100D. Single 2 minute exposure
M42 The Orion Nebula. Mag 4, 45'. Central 4 stars form the trapezium. Click here to see a shorter exposure showing the trapezium.
10" Meade LX200 SCT f6.3, Canon 450D EOS camera. Average of 8 one minute exposures.
M43 Bright Nebula, adjacent to Orion Nebula. Mag 9, 20' x 15'.
10" Meade LX200 f6.3, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. Effective exposure 6 minutes.
M44 The 'Beehive' Open Cluster in Cancer, Mag 3.1, 95',  Best viewed at low power or with binoculars.
Meade 80mm APO Refractor guided by 10" Meade LX200 SCT,
Starlight Xpress Trius SX25C camera. 25 minute exposure.
M45 m45.gif (53664 bytes) The Pleiades in Taurus, classic cluster.
Image 1 - 200mm f3.5 lens guided by 10" Orion Optics GX250 f4.8, Starlight Xpress MX5 CCD. Integration time 5 minutes.

Image 2 - Meade 80mm APO Refractor guided by 10" Meade LX200 SCT, Canon 550D DSLR. 28 minute exposure.

M46 Open Cluster in Puppis, Mag 6.1, 27', 150 stars mag 10 -13. Also shows Planetary Nebula NGC2438, Mag 11.0, 1.1', 10" Meade LX200 f6.3, Canon 550D, 2 minute exposure.
M47 Open Cluster in Puppis, Mag 4.4, 30', 30 stars bright but sparse. Note M46 at edge. Two double stars involved. 10" Meade LX200 f6.3, Canon 550D, 2 minute exposure.
M48 Open Cluster in Hydra, Mag 5.8, 54', 50 stars mag 9 -13. Large cluster. Meade 80mm APO Refractor guided by 10" Meade LX200 SCT, Canon 1100D DSLR. 2 minute exposure  
M49 E4 Elliptical Galaxy, Virgo, Mag 8.4, 8' x 7'.
10" Meade LX200 f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. 6 minute exposure.
M50 Open Cluster in Monoceros, Mag 5.9, 16', 100 stars mag 9 -14. 10" Meade LX200 f6.3, Canon 550D, 2 minute exposure.
M51
Whirlpool Galaxy in Canes Venatici, Mag 8.4, 9' x 7.5'. 10" scope just shows the spiral nature on a good night.
- 10" Meade LX200 f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. Multiple exposures : Effective integration time 15 minutes.
- 10" LX200 SCT at f6.3, Starlite Xpress SX-M25C camera. 30 minute exposure
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Open Cluster in Cassiopeia, Mag 6.9, 13', 200 stars.
- 10" Orion Optics GX250 Newtonian f4.8, Starlight Xpress MX5 CCD. Multiple exposures : Effective integration time 3 minutes.
- 10" Meade LX200 SCT f6.3, Canon 450D EOS camera. Average of 3 one minute exposures. Jan 2009
M53 Globular Cluster in Coma Berenices, Mag 7.7, 12.6', stars mag 12+,
- 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. Multiple exposures : Effective integration time 6 minutes
 
M54 Globular Cluster in Sagittarius, Mag 7.7, 12', stars mag 15+,
- 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD.
Single 3 minute exposure.
M55 Globular Cluster in Sagittarius, Mag 6.3, 19'. Stars mag 15+
- 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD
Single 3 minute exposure.
M56
Globular Cluster in Lyra, Mag 8.3, 7.1', stars mag 11+,
- 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4.2, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. 12 minute exposure.
- 30 minute exposure. Starlite Xpress Trius SX25C camera. 10" Meade LX200 SCT f6.3
M57
Ring Nebula in Lyra, 10" Meade LX200 SCT f10,
Top image - Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. Exposure time 10 minutes.
Bottom image - Canon 450D EOS camera. Exposure time 14 minutes. Both September 2009
M58 Sb Spiral Galaxy in Virgo, Mag 9.7, 6' x 5'.
- 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Sta
rlight Xpress MX9 CCD. Effective integration time 15 minutes.
M59 E3 Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo, Mag 9.6, 4.5' x 3.5'.
- 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Sta
rlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. 6 minute exposure.
M60 E1 Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo, Mag 8.8, 3' x 2.5' and NGC4647 Mag 11.3.
- 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Sta
rlight Xpress MX9 CCD. Two 3 minute exposures. Effective integration time 6 minutes.
M61 Sc Spiral Galaxy in Virgo, Mag 9.6, 6.6' x 6.4'.
- 10" Meade LX200 SCT f6.3, Sta
rlight Xpress Trius SX25C. Exposure45 minutes.
M62 Globular cluster in Sagittarius - 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. 3 minute exposure.
M63
Sb Spiral Galaxy (Sunflower) in Canes Venatici, Mag 8.6, 15' x 9'.
- 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Sta
rlight Xpress SXVF MX9 CCD. Multiple exposures : Effective integration time 18 minutes.
Lower image - 35 minute exposure. Starlite Xpress Trius SX25C camera. 10" Meade LX200 SCT f6.3.
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Blackeye Galaxy (Sa) in Coma Berenices, M8.5, 10.5' x 5'
- 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD.
Multiple exposures : Effective integration time 12 minutes.
- Lower image, 30 minute exposure. Starlite Xpress Trius SX25C camera. 10" Meade LX200 SCT f10
M65
SBa Spiral Galaxy in Leo, Mag 9.3, 9.5' x 2.3'
- 10"
Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF MX9 CCD. Multiple exposures : Effective integration time 15 minutes.
Lower image - Starlite Xpress Trius SX25C camera. 60 minute exosure. 10" Meade LX200 SCT f6.3
M66 m66.gif (24336 bytes) Sb Spiral Galaxy in Leo, Mag 8.9, 9' x 4.2'
- 10"
Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. Multiple exposures : Effective integration time 15 minutes.
M67 Open Cluster in Cancer, Mag 6.9, 30', 500 stars mag 10-16
- 10" Meade LX200 SCT f6.3, Sta
rlight Xpress Trius SX25C CCD. 18 minute exposure.
M68 Globular Cluster in Hydra, Mag 7.7, 11', stars mag 13+,
- 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. Multiple exposures : Effective integration time 9 minutes.
M70 Globular Cluster in Sagittarius, Mag 7.8, 8', stars mag 14+
- 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. Single 1 minute exposure.
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Globular Cluster in Sagitta, Mag 8.3, 7.2', 'open' for a globular cluster, stars mag 11-16,
- 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX5 CCD. Six minute exposure.
- 30 minute exposure. Starlite Xpress Trius SX25C camera. 10" Meade LX200 SCT f6.3
M72 Globular Cluster in Aquarius, Mag 9.4, 5.9', 
- 10" Meade LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. 15 minute exposure. 
M73 m73.jpg (17331 bytes) Messier's Open Cluster, actually a group of just 4 stars, Mag 8.9, 2.8',
- 10" LX200 f4, Starlight Xpress MX5 CCD. Single one minute exposure.
M74 Sc Spiral Galaxy in Pisces,  Mag 9.4, 12'
- 10" Meade LX200 SCT f6.3, Starlight Xpress Trius SX694. 45 minute exposure.
M75 Globular Cluster, Sagittarius, Mag 8.6, 6' - 10" LX200 f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD.
12 minute exposure.
M76 Little Dumbbell Planetary Nebula, Perseus, Mag 11, 2.7' x 1.8', central star mag 15.9,
- 10" LX200 f6.3, Starlight Xpress SXVF-M9 CCD. Multiple exposures : Effective integration time 9 minutes.
M77 SBp Seyfert Galaxy in Cetus, Mag 8.9, 9' x 8'
- 10"
LX200 f6.3, Starlight Xpress SXVF-M9 CCD. Multiple exposures : Effective integration time 18 minutes.
M78 Bright Nebula in Orion,  Mag 8, 8' x 6'
- 10" LX200 f6.3, Starlite Xpress Trius SX25C camera. 65 minute exposure. Febuary 2015
M79 M79 - Globular Cluster in Lepus, Mag 7.7, 9.6" - 10" LX200 f6.3, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. 6 minute exposure.
M80 Globular Cluster in Scorpius, Mag 7.2', 8.9', stars Mag 14+,
- 10" LX200 SCT f4, Starlight Xpress SXVF-MX9 CCD. Three minute exposure. 

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