Galaxies for Fun Astronomical CCD photos on peculiar galaxies and other astronomical stuff.

www.galaxies.se - by Ivar Hamberg

Home: Galaxies, Nebulae, Comets. They all can be inspiring.

There are many interesting galaxies and nebula for the amateur astronomer to observe. This website shows some general objects, as well as some more challenging peculiar galaxies, multiple systems and galaxy clusters. Every now and then, new CCD-photos and observing notes are added, to show what can be interesting and fun to observe.


This website shows some highlights gathered from the cosmical zoo. Most deep sky photos have been taken with an STL-11000M camera. Browse and pick your favorites to observe at your next observing session.


Observatory design and CCD-photos by Ivar Hamberg.


M101: In Ursa Major you find this nice spiral galaxy, which is fairly close to us. It shows lots of interesting HII regions.

Below: Observing from downtown Stockholm can be challenging, but gives also new opportunities. Here we see the young moon just over the well known landmark, the DN Newspaper building,, in central Stockholm.

Comet Lovejoy

Comet 21P: Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner on September 15/16 2018. It passed just south of the open clusters Messier 35 and NGC 2158 in Gemini.

Below: Magic Evening - The passing Swan created a Light Winged Golden Bird out of the reflected crescent moon - May 9, 2016

The Sun in H-alpha: Active Region AR 2665. A nice prominence is visible at the limb. Taken at July 15, 2017 with a 60mm Solar telescope.

The Observatory: The observatory dome is situated on an island northeast of Stockholm.

Below: On January 2019 there was a magnificent Lunar Eclipse visible in the early morning hours. In Stockholm it had its maximum around UT 05:12.

Below: Dramatic Prominences - The big Solar prominences of June 17, 2017. Photographed with a small 60 mm solar H-alpha telescope.

Set of Four: An almost classical set of prominences on Sep 9th, 2018. The development of the eruptions were interesting to follow. They looked like textbook examples.

The Sun in H-alpha: A very prominent prominence shows up at the suns limb on June 25, 2017.

Active Sun:  Active region AR2665 and some very nice prominences on July 8th, 2017, on the eastern limb of the sun.

Incredible Universe: The North America Nebula and Pelican Nebula in northern Cygnus. SHO Hubble palette colours.

www.galaxies.se - Ivar Hamberg - Updated 2019, February 12