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NGC 2174 – Monkey Head Nebula

In February 2014 there was taken probably my favourite photo from the Hubble Space Telescope. It shows part of NGC 2174 nebula at infrared wavelengths.

We can find this object in the constellation of Orion and although it’s the target mostly for astrophotographers, it’s possible to observe it by our own eyes. You don’t need some huge telescopes for it – NGC 2174 can be seen through 100 mm binoculars and under very good conditions even through 50-70 mm (but UHC filter may prove helpful).

Krita, WACOM CTL 4100.⁣

Andromeda Galaxy

After I drew two sketches of Andromeda Galaxy – as seen through small (10×50) and big (25×100) binoculars, I realized that I’d painted M31 only on keyrings before. Finally I caught up on it!⁣

I couldn’t decide whether I prefer this painting vertical or horizontal, so I took photo at an angle. Acrylic on canvas board, 50×40 cm.⁣ Inspired by Sebastian Voltmer’s photo.

North America Nebula Region

North America Nebula (NGC 7000) and Pelican Nebula (IC 5070 and IC 5067) – emission nebulae located close to Deneb, the brightest star of the constellation Cygnus – are one of the most popular aims for astrophotographers. But not everyone knows that it’s possible to observe them in visual observations. All you need is sufficiently dark sky and instrument with large field of view (binoculars will be perfect) – thanks to it you’ll be able to spot faint foggy patches of light surrounded by black bulks of dark nebulae!

I painted it in inspiration by beautiful photo taken by Łukasz Socha – it’s probably my favourite photo of this region.
Acrylic on canvas, 40×40 cm.⁣⁣

Birth and Death

I started painting this picture at the beginning of June, but because I wasn’t content with the final effect, I left it and only after a few months I decided to repaint it. ⁣

Acrylic on canvas, 50×40 cm.⁣

Tadpole Nebula

When I saw starless version of Tadpole Nebula edited by Bowen J. Cameron, I fell in love with this image. After a few months I finally found some time and painted my interpretation of this photo. ⁣

IC 410 is an emission nebula related to the open cluster NGC 1893 and located in the constellation Auriga. The nebula contains two tadpole-shaped structures composed of cooler gas and dust.

Acrylic on canvas, 50×50 cm.⁣

Mars from The Expanse

Mars from The Expanse’s intro. When I finished reading novel series and started watching TV series once again, I finally decided to paint something related to it. ⁣
⁣I love this series so much, but intro is masterwork to me, both in terms of visual and musical aspects. Especially timelapse of Mars, it gives me shivers.

Acrylic on canvas, 50×40 cm.⁣

The Statue of Liberty Nebula No. 2

NGC 3576, also known as the Statue of Liberty Nebula, is a beautiful object of the southern sky located in the constellation Carina.

I have already painted this nebula, althought in definitely more abstract way. I decided to depict it in the canvas once again, when I saw beautiful photo taken by Krzystof Hotiuk.

Acrylic on canvas, 50×40 cm.

Messier 74

Messier 74 is a beautiful galaxy with two clearly defined spiral arms. We can find it in the constellation Pisces and although the galaxy has relatively large angular size, it’s one of the lowest surface brightness objects of the whole Messier list. For this reason it’s not so easy to observe it, especially for the beginner.⁣
I remember that for the first time I saw it in November 2016 through my 10″ Dobsonian telescope. I didn’t manage to pick up spiral arms, but I noticed some irregularity in its brightness.

Acrylic on canvas, 50×50 cm.⁣