Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Corona Australis (CrA)  ·  Contains:  IC 4812  ·  NGC 6723  ·  NGC 6726  ·  NGC 6727  ·  NGC 6729  ·  The star εCrA

Image of the day 07/24/2020

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The Anteater Nebula in Corona Australis - our Southern Crown, 



    
        

            Matthew Sole
The Anteater Nebula in Corona Australis - our Southern Crown
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The Anteater Nebula in Corona Australis - our Southern Crown

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Sky-Watcher Quattro 200p

Imaging cameras: ZWO AIS1600 MM pro

Mounts: SkyWatcher EQ6-R Pro

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI1290MM Mini

Filters: ZWO Blue 36mm  ·  ZWO Lum 36mm  ·  ZWO Green 36mm

Accessory: Sky-Watcher Quattro Coma Corrector  ·  OAG


Dates:July 13, 2020

Frames:
ZWO Blue 36mm: 85x60" (gain: 50.00) -15C
ZWO Green 36mm: 84x60" (gain: 50.00) -15C
ZWO Lum 36mm: 250x30" (gain: 50.00) -15C
ZWO Red 36mm: 87x60" (gain: 50.00) -15C

Integration: 6.4 hours

Avg. Moon age: 22.61 days

Avg. Moon phase: 45.12%


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3675860

RA center: 19h 1' 27"

DEC center: -36° 52' 30"

Pixel scale: 0.982 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 0.818 degrees

Field radius: 0.769 degrees


Resolution: 4522x3367

Data source: Backyard

Description

This is first light with my Skywatcher Quattro and I'm glad I saved this target for it! With a lot of high cloud on this night, the data is far from perfect but I'll take anything at the moment with the eternal cloud cover we have here in Wellington.⁣

This is NGC 6726-27 - a giant molecular cloud complex and one of the closest star forming regions in the Milky Way. Young blue stars light up the center creating a beautiful scene as their light reflects off the abundance of swirling dust in this area. Add in a globular cluster and we're done here. ⁣

Hope you enjoy this one!⁣

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The Anteater Nebula in Corona Australis - our Southern Crown, 



    
        

            Matthew Sole