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Cat Paw and Lobster, 


Cat Paw and Lobster, 



Cat Paw and Lobster

Technical card

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. 22, 2017

Frames: 60x120"

Integration: 2.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 0.79 days

Avg. Moon phase: 0.70%

Astrometry.net job: 1743243

RA center: 17h 23' 37"

DEC center: -34° 41' 7"

Pixel scale: 6.883 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 90.088 degrees

Field radius: 4.224 degrees

Resolution: 3670x2451

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

Data source: Traveller


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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Cat Paw and Lobster,