M1, the Crab Nebula in Taurus

M1 is a little cloud that is all that remains of a supernova that was seen about 1,000 years ago. Tucked deep in its heart is a pulsar, a rapidly spinning neutron star, a tiny, super dense stellar remnant whose massive magnetic field is responsible for the nebula's faint glow.

This image was made with my 155mm f/9 refractor and Olympus E-PL5 camera. In a small telescope the Crab looks like a little grey puff of light, like so many other deep sky objects.

Image copyright by Joe Bergeron.