Paw in the Lobster

Posted by Diptiman Nandy
on Friday, June 17, 2022
Details: Scorpius is one of the constellations of the zodiac and is located in the Southern celestial hemisphere. Scorpius is one of the 48 constellations identified by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in the second century. It is a large constellation located in the southern hemisphere near the center of the Milky Way.

Due to its location straddling the Milky Way, this constellation contains many deep-sky objects as shown in the image such as NGC 6334 colloquially known as the Cat's Paw Nebula, Bear Claw Nebula, or Gum 64 (lower left) an emission nebula and star-forming region, NGC 6357 also known as the Lobster Nebula, War and Peace Nebula (middle) a diffuse nebula that contains many proto-stars shielded by dark discs of gas, and young stars wrapped in expanding "cocoons" or expanding gases surrounding these small stars, NGC 6374 (upper right corner) an open cluster and NGC 6396 (upper left) is another open cluster.

Exif: Ha - 41 x 600 seconds , SII - 46 x 600 seconds , OIII - 40 x 600 seconds , f/3.6 (with 0.73x focal reducer) , 382 mm

Equipment: FLI PL16083 camera, Takahashi FSQ-106ED telescope, Paramount MX+ mount

Filters: Astrodon Ha (3nm), SII (3nm), OIII (3nm)

Softwares used: Deep Sky Stacker, PixInsight, Photoshop

Location: Heaven's Mirror Observatory. Yass, NSW 2582, Australia

Date and Time: Multiple nights from 31.8.2021 to 28.5.2022, 15.32 pm UTC

Image acquired via Telescope Live

Author: Diptiman Nandy
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