09  February 2019
The Cat's Paw

By   Marcus Davies
( www.pbase.com/gailmarc/bellsobservatory )

The Cat's Paw Nebula (NGC 6334) is a large emission nebula around 50 light years across that lies in the constellation Scorpius approximately 5500 light years away.

This nebula is one of the most vigorous star forming regions in the Milky Way. It contains luminous blue stars only a few million years old that are many times the mass of the Sun. The nebula also contains many infant stars that are buried deep in the dust and gas, making them difficult to see.

This is an 8 hour LRGB image (150, 105, 105, 120 minutes) using 15 minute subs.  FOV is 39.4 x 26.3 arc minutes.

Camera: SBIG STXL 11002M with AO-X, and FW8G
Telescope: Officina Stellare ProRC 360



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