Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Scorpius (Sco)  ·  Contains:  NGC 6334
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No Pussyfooting! (NGC 6334 in NB), 


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No Pussyfooting! (NGC 6334 in NB)
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No Pussyfooting! (NGC 6334 in NB)

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi TOA-130 APO Refractor

Imaging cameras: QSI 6162 monochrome

Mounts: Takahashi NJP Temma-2

Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar Off Axis Guider

Software: Adobe Photoshop 2020  ·  Sky Safari Pro  ·  PHD2 Guiding 2.6.6 PHD2  ·  Topaz Denoise DeNoise

Filters: Chroma Blue  ·  Chroma Green  ·  Chroma Red  ·  Chroma OIII 3nm O3  ·  Chroma Ha 5nm Chroma Ha  ·  Chroma SII 5nm Chroma SII

Accessory: Kendrick Standard Dual Channel Controller

Dates:June 5, 2020

Chroma Blue: 10x180"
Chroma Green: 10x180"
Chroma Ha 5nm Chroma Ha: 11x1200"
Chroma Red: 10x180"
Chroma SII 5nm Chroma SII: 10x1200"
Chroma OIII 3nm O3: 17x1800"

Integration: 17.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 14.43 days

Avg. Moon phase: 99.87%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3599930

RA center: 17h 19' 16"

DEC center: -35° 49' 4"

Pixel scale: 1.243 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 166.783 degrees

Field radius: 0.830 degrees

Resolution: 3754x3000

Locations: Burwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Data source: Backyard


At 5,500 light years distant, the Cat's Paw nebula NGC 6334 is an emission nebula with a red colour that originates from an abundance of ionised hydrogen atoms. Alternatively known as the Bear Claw Nebula, stars nearly ten times the mass of our Sun have been born there in only the past few million years. Pictured here is a deep field image of the Cat's Paw Nebula in light emitted by hydrogen, oxygen, and sulphur. (text from Apod).

Third finished image from the big Tak/QSI 6162 combo now that the field field is flat (after considerable re-machining of the focuser faces).

I wanted to feature the abundance of Ha in this region, so have deliberately allowed the background Ha to show through. To me it resembles a genie pouring out of the magic lamp!

Ha - 11x1200secs
O3-17 x 1800 secs
S2- 10x1200secs
RG&B 10x180 secs ea.
Captured via Ekos on a Mac.

Processed in APP & PS CC 202 with Topaz NR
Taken from my light polluted suburban backyard in Melbourne, Victoria.



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No Pussyfooting! (NGC 6334 in NB), 


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