NGC6188 Region - "The Ara Nebula"

Emission, Reflection, Clusters in Ara

Uploaded 7/16/05

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100 percent enlargements from the above Schmidt frame:
NGC6134 - Open Cluster
NGC6164/65 - Bipolar Nebula
NGC6167 - Open Cluster
NGC6193 - Open Cluster
NGC6200 - Open Cluster
NGC6204 - Open Cluster

 This complex field lies at around Declination -50S, which puts it only 5 degrees above my southern horizon at Happy Jack. Meticulous planning enabled me to capture two 6 minute exposures in between two distant Ponderosa pine trees on the distant southern horizon. The two images which contained plenty of tree branches along the bottom of the frame were combined to create this nearly unobstructed view of this fabulous field.

The major attraction here besides the huge heart shaped Ara Nebula - NGC6188 is the extraordinary NGC6164/65 bipolar nebula, which is an object of unknown origin. You might say photographing this object is the crown jewel of my southern photographic explorations. I've also cropped out of the original full size frame some other objects of interest as these open clusters.

There are a number of other very low and interesting object lurking along the southern horizon. This set of images has encouraged me to try to capture more of the southern hemisphere wonders from my own backyard!

Instrument: 8" f/1.5 Celestron Schmidt Camera Platform: Homemade GEM Film: Kodak Supra 400 CCD Autoguider: ST4 Exposure: 2x6mins Filters: NONE Location: Happy Jack, Arizona Elevation: 6800 ft. Sky: Seeing 10/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 45 F Processing: Photoshop, PixInsight Pro. HOME SCHMIDT GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS 


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