3 Deep Sky Objects to View with Your 20 Free Credits

Bubble Nebula

To celebrate the launch of our new remote robotic telescope platform, Telescope Live, every new user to signup will receive 20 free credits for time with any of our scopes. There are six different telescopes to choose from, in three different locations across the world. But what objects can you view with these telescopes? Are some better suited for certain things than others? We’ve selected some popular DSOs with recommendations on what remote telescope will provide optimal observation and imaging.

Our network of robotic telescopes

Telescope Live has six telescopes available for consumer or scientific use, with apertures ranging from 100 mm to 1000 mm. There are currently three in Chile, two in Spain, and one in Australia, effectively allowing easy remote astronomical viewing to people in both hemispheres.


  • (CHI-1) 61 cm (24 inch) Planewave CDK24 F6.5 Reflector
  • (CHI-2) 50 cm (19.6 inch) ASA 500N F3.8 Reflector
  • (CHI-3) 100 cm (39 inch) ASA 1000 F6.8 Reflector


  • (SPA-1) 10 cm (3.9 inch) Takahashi FSQ-106ED F3.6 Refractor
  • (SPA-2) 70 cm (27.5 inch) Officina Stellare F8 Reflector


  • (AUS-1) 35 cm (14 inch) Meade LX200 F10 Reflector

1.    Star Cluster Messier 55

Star clusters are just that—huge groups of stars "clustered" around each other. For clusters, we recommend viewing M 55 (NGC 6809), a lovely globular cluster located in the Sagittarius constellation. We also recommend using CHI-1, our 61cm (24-inch) reflector telescope, to view M 55.

  • M 55 (NGC 6809): Capture using CHI-1 with a single image in Red filter, with 600 seconds exposure time.

2.    Sculptor Galaxy

Aside from the telescope itself, capturing the pure brilliance of a galaxy depends on the filter you use. For the crispest and clear images, you'll want to use a luminance filter, which is provided with CHI-1. We recommend checking out the Sculptor Galaxy (NGC 253).

  • Sculptor Galaxy (NGC 253): Using CHI-1, you can grab a detailed image of the galaxy using a luminance filter with 600 seconds exposure time.

3.    Bubble Nebula

Nebulae are giant clouds of ionized gas in space, which require specific filters to view in detail. The best way to observe nebulae is by using narrow-band filters, such as H-alpha or OIII—both gather only the light from the ionized gas and filter out the rest. Check out the Bubble nebula with our 70cm telescope SPA-2.

  • Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635): view using SPA-2 and its powerful narrow-band filters. Use the H-alpha filter with 600 seconds exposure time for a lovely single image of the nebula. Combine with an OIII filter for color.

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Submitted by Telescope Live on Wed, 12/25/2019 - 14:48