Antilhue - Chile

NGC 6334 + NGC 6357 in H-Alpha
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Image Data

Designation NGC 6334,  The Cat's Paw Nebula,  The Bear Claw Nebula (bottom right)

NGC 6357,  El Cangrejo,  Las Cuatro Juanitas  (top left)

Object type Emission nebulae
Coordinates Center field is at approx. 17h 23min   - 2300'  (Sco)
Description Located very close to the galactic equator, these large starforming regions would be magnificent, bright emission nebulae if they were not obscured by several magnitudes of extinction, mostly in the blue and green. This makes it a challenge for visual observation, but a prime target for Ha photography.

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Exposure Ha 120 min @ -25C, 1x1
Camera SBIG STL-11000 selfguided,  Astronomik  13nm Ha Filter
Optics Astro-Physics Traveler AP105EDF f/5.9 with field flattener, prime focus. 
Mount Astro-Physics AP900GTO German Equatorial Mount
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, Sigma Beta 11, CCD Sharp, Adobe Photoshop CS
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 22Aug2004 - 02:30 UTC
Conditions Transparency 5,  Seeing 5, Temperature +6 C, moonlight.