The Cats Paw Nebula, NGC 6334

Located near the sting of the Scorpion's tail, this object is well-named, as it does resemble the paw of a celestial cat that left its mark on the sky after dipping a paw in a tin of luminous red paint.  It is a complex of emission nebulae and dark dust clouds amidst a field strewn with stars. Distance ~ 5500 ly. The dark nebula is B257.

 

Camera: SBIG STL11000M, Astrodon filters Scope: Takahashi TOA-130, f=1000mm, f7.7+flattner (fov ~1.2 x 1.0)
Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma2 Guiding: external, E-finder
Filters/Exposures: L:R:G:B = 60:30:30:30min (bin1x1)2h30m Location: ASV's Leon Mow Dark Sky Site, Heathcote, Victoria, Australia
Dates: August 2014 Processing: CCDStack2, RegiStar and Photoshop CS5