Telescopes – redux

Understandably the BBC seem to be taken with the more colourful examples of the new clearer images taken by the 200 inch Mount Palomar Observatory using the Lucky Imaging technique. – more on adaptive optics here. But personally I find the above animation of the pulsar, with a 30 millisecond cycle, at the centre of the Crab Nebula, from images taken by NOT telescope at La Palma in 2005/6, to be equally more wondrous. Telescopes, eh? Adds Pulsars were, of course, first discovered by a certain Northern Star.Oh, ok then.. here are those more colourful examples..

The Cat’s Eye Nebula (also above)

And the M13 globular cluster