Antilhue - Chile

NGC 6334 - The Cat's Paw
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Designation NGC 6334, The Cat's Paw Nebula, The Bear Claw Nebula
Constellation Scorpius (Sco)
Description Located very close to the galactic equator, this large starforming region would be a magnificent, bright emission nebula if it 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.

A larger field with neighbouring NGC 6357 is here.

Exposure Ha 150 min @ -15C, 1x1
Camera SBIG ST-10XE selfguided,  CFW-8,   Custom Scientific 4.5 nm Ha Filter
Optics Astro-Physics Traveler AP105EDF with 0.75x focal reducer @ f/5.0 
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO German Equatorial Mount
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, Sigma Beta 10, Adobe Photoshop 6.0
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 08May2003 - 04:00 UTC
Conditions Transparency 4,  Seeing 7, Temperature +13C, thin high cloud passing through