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Contains:  NGC 6383, NGC 6357, NGC 6334, The star Shaula (λSco), The star Lesath (υSco)
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Cat Paw and Lobster, 


Cat Paw and Lobster

Cat Paw and Lobster

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:Canon 300mm f/4.0 L

Imaging camera:Canon Eos6da

Mount:iOptron 3200

Guiding telescope or lens:Skywatcher 9x50 finder

Guiding camera:Lacerta MGEN

Software:Pleiades Astrophoto, S.L. Pix InsightPhotoshop

Resolution: 3670x2451

Dates:Aug. 22, 2017

Frames: 60x120"

Integration: 2.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 0.79 days

Avg. Moon phase: 0.70% job: 1743243

RA center: 260.903 degrees

DEC center: -34.686 degrees

Pixel scale: 6.891 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 269.933 degrees

Field radius: 4.224 degrees

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


The big emission nebulae in the central milkyway come in double packs. Norternmost Eagle and Swan, then Lagoon and Trifid, and next to the Scorpions sting Cat Paw and Lobster nebula - not visible from my home in mid northern Austria. Like the other ones, they are superimposed on milkyway's central rift, sitting in front of the big dark zone. At bottom left you can find tiny Bug nebula, a bright planetary that is a nice view in any telescope - while Cat Paw and Lobster are strong Ha emitters and visually less obvious than their northern colleagues.

Canon Eos6da at Iso1250, Canon 300L at open f/4.



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