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|