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Cat´s Paw Nebula: Bear Claw Nebula as it is also sometimes called, was discovered 1837 by John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope (Cape Town). Several very heavy stars, as big as ten times the mass of our sun, are ionizing the hydrogen gas in their neighbourhood, thus emitting light predominently in this spectral line. The nebula is in a distance of 5500 LY from us.

The image was taken at the observatory of IAS at Hakos Farm in Namibia.

Object Cat`s Paw Nebula
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation NGC 6334
Constellation Scorpius
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/3 in corrected primary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3 x 10min Baader H-alpha filter, 3 x 5min each Baader RGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar on Schneider OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop,PixInsight. Color Code L:H-alpha, R/H-alpha,GB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 19 Apr 2012
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