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NGC 4038-4039



NGC 6334: Cat's Paw Nebula in Scorpius

RA = 17 hrs 20 min; Dec = -35 deg 57 min

Date & Site:

Imaged on 6/15-16/2012; Palomar Mountain, CA

Conditions: mild wind; 62 degrees; excellent seeing


Telescope: Takahashi FSQ106 at F5 (fl= 530mm)
Mount: Losmandy G-11 with Gemini
Camera: ST-10XME; CFW10 with Astrodon 3 nm Narrowband and RGB Gen I Filters; externally guided


Exposures: 120 min of Ha (15 min subs); 135 min each of OIII and SII (15 min subs) and 25 min each of RGB (5 min subs) for a total of 7 hrs 35 minutes

Hydrogen, ionized sulfer and doubly ionized oxygen color-mapped using the Hubble palette (R=SII, G=Ha, B=OIII). RGB data used for star color. Imaged over two successive nights

FOV = 85 x 61 arc minutes

This emission nebula lies just north of the stinger stars in Scorpius, 5,500 light years distant NGC 6334 is thought to be one of the most active nurseries of massive stars in our galaxy.


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