Cats Paw Nebula (NGC 6334, NGC 6357)

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About this Image

The Cats Paw Nebula NGC 6334 and its companion NGC 6357 in the tail of Scorpius are complex H-alpha emission areas. The distance to this nebulae is approx. 5500 light years. It is the nursery for many hot young stars, that are still obscured by dust clouds.
North is right.

Below you find a crop on NGC 6334 in 40/80%.

At bottom you find a crop on NGC 6357 in 35/70% size.

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Technical Details


105mm TMB refractor with flattener at f/6.5

Mount AP-400 GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M at -20C, internal filter wheel
Filters Astronomik H-alpha (15 nm) + RGB
Date Aug 09, 2004.
Location Hakos/Namibia
Sky Conditions mag 6.5, high transparency, temperature 14 C,
Exposure Ha = 120 minutes (10-minute sub-exposures),
RGB= 15:15:15 min (5-minute sub-exposures)
all 1x1.
Processing Image aquisition in Maxim DL 4.0; Image calibration, aligning, mean stacking, DDP and color synthesis in ImagesPlus;
Photoshop: H-alpha blended to red and L channel; cropped, Noise reduction by Neatimage;