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Cat´s Paw Nebula: In the tail of Scorpius these two stunning emisssion nebulae are found. They are the brighter areas of huge gas and dust clouds with starforming continously going on. In the picture the darker extinction areas in a rich star field are also very well displayed. Cat´s Paw Nebula (NGC 6334) is in the upper right corner, the nebula on the left is NGC 6357, which shows dramaticly the dynamic effects of young stars blowing away the surrounding gas and dust with their tremendous star winds.

Finer details of NGC 6334 and NGC 6357 in the light of the hydrogen Ha line can be observed by clicking the links.

Object Catīs Paw Nebula
Category Nebulae
Designation NGC 6334,NGC 6357
Constellation Scorpius
Optics TMB 80 f/6 x 0.8 Tele Vue Reducer/Flattener
Mount Piggyback on LX 200 and Equatorial Superwedge
Camera QHY8/ALccd 6c
Exposure 19 x 5min, IDAS LPS filter, Nebulosity Software for Capturing
Calibration Flat Frame
Guiding Meade DSI Pro and LX 200 as Guide Scope. PHD as Guiding Software
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 13 Apr 2007
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