Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Ophiuchus (Oph)  ·  Contains:  12.64  ·  14.09  ·  19 omi Sco  ·  20 sig Sco  ·  21 alf Sco  ·  22 i Sco  ·  363 Padua  ·  389 Industria  ·  5 rho Oph  ·  9 ome Oph  ·  Alniyat  ·  Antares  ·  B42  ·  B44  ·  IC 4603  ·  IC 4604  ·  IC 4605  ·  IC4603  ·  M 4  ·  M4  ·  NGC 6121  ·  NGC 6144  ·  NGC6144  ·  Scorpius  ·  The star 22Sco  ·  The star Al Niyat (σSco)  ·  The star Antares (αSco)  ·  The star οSco  ·  The star ρOph  ·  The star ωOph  ·  And 1 more.
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Antares, Rho Ophiuchi, M4, and nebulae

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Imaging telescopes or lenses: Canon 300mm f/4.0 L

Imaging cameras: Canon Eos6da

Mounts: iOptron 3200

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Skywatcher 9x50 finder

Guiding cameras: Lacerta MGEN

Software: Photoshop  ·  Pleiades Astrophoto, S.L. Pix Insight

Dates:Aug. 20, 2017

Frames: 47x120"

Integration: 1.6 hours

Avg. Moon age: 28.14 days

Avg. Moon phase: 2.17%

Astrometry.net job: 1711811

RA center: 16h 31' 21"

DEC center: -24° 13' 36"

Pixel scale: 6.893 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 143.376 degrees

Field radius: 4.216 degrees

Resolution: 3664x2435

Locations: Hakos Guest Farm, 100km past Windhoek, Namibia

Data source: Traveller


Recently I was able to spend some time at Hakos, the legendary Astrofarm in Namibia. The nights were so clear as one just can dream, and the summer milky way overhead looked like a giant edge on galaxy spanning the whole sky - just what it is actually, but we can rarely see it that impressive.
The Antares region is one of everybodys eternal favorites. As I can hardly reach it from home, it was the first shot of the 49 pictures I exposed during 8 intense nights, using 3 cams simultaneously.
Canons 300m f/4 may not provide ideal star forms, but it is lightweight and powerful enough to do a good job with lots of 2min Subs at Iso1250 on Eos6d.



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