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Contains:  NGC 6325, The star 44Oph, The star θOph, The star οOph

Image of the day 06/16/2017

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    Snake Nebula, 


    Snake Nebula

    Snake Nebula

    Technical card

    Imaging telescope or lens:Stellarvue SV080ST-25FT

    Imaging camera:Canon 6D modified

    Mount:iOptron CEM60

    Guiding telescope or lens:Stellarvue F050G

    Guiding camera:ZWO ASI120MM-S

    Software:Adobe Photoshop CC (64 Bit)PixInsight Core 1.8

    Filter:Hutech HEUIBII-EOSF

    Resolution: 3561x3619

    Dates:May 29, 2017

    Frames: 20x360" ISO1600

    Integration: 2.0 hours

    Avg. Moon age: 4.23 days

    Avg. Moon phase: 18.89%

    Mean SQM: 21.82

    Temperature: 4.00 job: 1610007

    RA center: 260.595 degrees

    DEC center: -24.084 degrees

    Pixel scale: 2.786 arcsec/pixel

    Orientation: -178.056 degrees

    Field radius: 1.965 degrees

    Locations: Cabin, Almont, Colorado, United States


    The Snake Nebula (Barnard 72) is a dark nebula silhouetted against the dense stars in Ophiuchus. It is part of the Smoke in the larger Pipe Nebula about 650 light years away. The very dark spot to the lower right of the Snake is Barnard 68 (the Ink Spot), also one of Barnard’s dark nebulae. I had to crop some of the frame because a huge reflection from nearby Saturn ruined part of my FOV. Here is my version of the Snake:

    Canon 6D
    SV80 @ 480mm f/6
    20 x 360 sec




    Sky plot

    Sky plot


    Snake Nebula,