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Narrowband Deep Sky Objects - What to Expect With Each Filter?

Updated: Jul 19, 2023

On this page, you will find a list of narrowband objects we have captured over the years with our monochrome camera. Each object will have screenshots of what the data for each filter used looked like. This way, you can quickly know what to expect when imaging these objects, and decide what filter to skip or spend the most time on.


A link to our full blog post containing our final image processed from these shots, much more information, and tips on how to capture it will also be displayed for each object.



We would like to thank Georg Woeber for this great idea he had during our fourth Galactic Hangout live stream. Galactic Hangouts occur quarterly and all Patreons/Galactic Course members are invited!


Expand the list below to quickly see if your target is on this page:

Messier Objects

Messier 1 - The Crab Nebula

Messier 8 - The Lagoon Nebula

Messier 16 - The Eagle Nebula

Messier 17 - The Omega Nebula

Messier 20 - The Trifid Nebula

Messier 27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

Messier 42 - The Orion Nebula

Messier 43 - De Mairan's Nebula

Messier 76 - The Little Dumbbell Nebula

Messier 97 - The Owl Nebula

NGC Objects

IC Objects

Sharpless Objects

Other Objects

Important Notes:

  • Some pictures may be difficult to see. You should be able to expand the image but they will look blurry (each image is heavily compressed or else this page would take years to load). Sometimes, more information about the filters used is available on the full blog post for each picture. The goal of this post is to quickly see, at a glance, the difference in signal between different filters, not to zoom in on any tiny detail :)

  • This list will take years to complete, so it is normal that several objects are still missing! Also, as of today, we can't image deep sky objects in the southern hemisphere, so if you know a friend who owns an observatory in the south, ask them to let us use it once in a while to populate this list 😎😃.

  • This list is mostly made up of emission nebulae with a few exceptions. We chose objects that are often captured with narrowband filters. We did not include broadband targets because we don't see much of a point.

  • The order of the images shown is always H - S - O. If there are only two pictures displayed, that means we did a bi-color combination using H and O filters unless stated otherwise.


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Messier Objects


Messier 1 - The Crab Nebula

H - S - O

 

Messier 8 - The Lagoon Nebula

H - S - O

 

Messier 16 - The Eagle Nebula

H - S - O

 

Messier 17 - The Omega Nebula

[Still Working on it! Check back soon!]


 

Messier 20 - The Trifid Nebula

H - S - O

 

Messier 27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

H - S - O

 

Messier 42 - The Orion Nebula

H - S - O

 

Messier 43 - De Mairan's Nebula

H - S - O

 

Messier 76 - The Little Dumbbell Nebula


H - O

[Still Working on it! Check back soon!]


 

Messier 97 - The Owl Nebula

H - S - O


 

NGC Objects


NGC 246 - The Skull Nebula

[Still Working on it! Check back soon!]


 

NGC 281 - The Pacman Nebula

H - S - O

 

NGC 1499 - The California Nebula

[Still Working on it! Check back soon!]


 

NGC 1977 - The Running Man Nebula

H - S - O

 

NGC 2024 - The Flame Nebula

H - S - O

 

NGC 2237 - The Rosette Nebula

H - S - O

 

NGC 2264 - The Cone Nebula


H - S - O

 

NGC 2359 - Thor's Helmet Nebula

H - O

 

NGC 3576 - The Statue of Liberty Nebula

H - S - O