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!