NGC 6334 Cat’s Paw Nebula

NGC 6334 Cat’s Paw Nebula

Constellation: Scorpius
Ra: 17h 19min 58s
Dec: -35d 57min 47s
Distance: 5,000 light years
Image Size: 40' x 40'
North: Lower left



NGC 6334, The Cat’s Paw or Bear Paw Nebula in Scorpius. It was discovered by John Herschel in 1837 from the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. This large region contains some of the most active sites of star formation in our galaxy. It is ionized by a samll number of O-BO stars. Similar to the NOAO image linked below, the coloration in this mapped color narrowband image was left a bit red to convey the considerable reddening of this object in the galactic plane.

For comparison of features, here is a link to a NOAO/AURA image presented at similar scale from the 4 meter Blanco telescope in Chile and processed byr Dr. Travis Rector:

Exposure: 12 hrs Total: 4 hrs SII, H-a, 3.5 hrs OIII, 0.5 hrs RGB
Telescope: 14.5
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount ME
Oag: Astrodon MonsterMOAG
Acquisition: CCD AutoPilot4
Calibration: CCDStack2
Observatory Site: Riverland Dingo Observatory, Moorook, S. Australia
Camera: Apogee U16M
Filters: Astrodon 5 nm H-a & SII, 3nm OIII, Gen 2 RGB
Guider: SBIG ST-402
Camera Operation: MaximDL5.08
Processing: Photoshop CS3
Image Date: 06/03/2009

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