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 web site shows some highlights gathered from the cosmical zoo. Older photos have mostly been taken with an ST6 CCD camera. More recent ones 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.

Northern lights in the City: On March 17-18, 2015, we were lucky to witness some very strong Aurorae as far south as Stockholm. They appeared after a strong CME -Coronal Mass Ejection- and southward pointing interplanetary magnetic field Bz. It was the strongest in many years. The photo below shows a strong outburst over the roof tops. It was taken by Anna Hamberg. Below, Anna, Oliver and myself witnessed some typical curtain forms over the Old town. The view is from Södermalm.

Below: Observing from downtown Stockholm can be challenging, but gives also new opportunities.


Below: Dramatic Prominence - Solar prominences on June 17, 2017. Photographed with a small 60 mm solar telescope.


M101: This is a nice spiral galaxy fairly close to us. It shows lots of interesting HII regions.




Comet Lovejoy C/2015Q2: 22sec from downtown Stockholm on February 10. The comet was slowly fading in February, and the tail is difficult to see from the center of the city.

Comet Lovejoy

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

www.galaxies.se - Ivar Hamberg - Updated 2017, June 26 Email: ivar.hamberg (at) gmail.com

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

Galaxies for Fun

Astronomical CCD photos on peculiar galaxies and other astronomical stuff. www.galaxies.se - by Ivar Hamberg