Snake Nebula: This nebula with the designation Barnard 72 is situated in the "smoke" of the Pipe Nebula. It is an excellent example of a Dark Nebula, which absorbs so much light that the background stars are not any more visible. This occurs through very dense dust and molecular clouds and gives it its winding snake-like shape.

Object Snake Nebula
Category Nebulae
Designation Barnard 72
Constellation Ophiuchus
Optics TMB 130 f/6 x 0.8 Tele Vue Reducer/Flattener
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera QHY8/ALccd 6c
Exposure 8 x 10min IDAS LPS filter, Maxim DL for Capturing
Calibration No
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and TMB 80 as Guide Scope. Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 11 April 2008
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