Galactic Nebula NGC 6188 Wide Field: Next to the tail of the constellation of Scorpius one finds the constellation of Ara. It is part of a very star-rich area of the Milky Way with many Dark Nebulae from extended dust and molecular clouds. It also contains a beautiful emission nebula spanning several degrees in the sky.
The picture shows  NGC 6188 in the center surrounded by many dark nebulae with very interesting features. A smaller field of view can be seen here.

The RGB part of the image was taken under the very clear sky of Sutherland close to the site of the South African Large Telescope (SALT).

I want to extend my sincere thanks to Jurg Wagener from Sutherland for providing me with one of his observation enclosures for setting up my equipment and his support during my stay. His every night starshows about the wonders of the Southern Sky are an unforgettable attraction for all Sutherland visitors. Find out more about Sutherland and its attractions here.



Object Galactic Nebula NGC 6188 Wide Field
Category Nebulae
Designation NGC 6188
Constellation Ara
Optics Canon EF lens 200mm 1:2.8 @ f/3.5
Mount Takahashi EM-11
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3 x 20min Astronomik H-alpha filter, 6 x 5min each Astrodon RGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and Skywatcher ED80 as Guide Scope, Maxim DL as guiding software
Processing Maxim DL5,Photoshop. Color Code L:H-alpha,R:H-alpha/R,G,B
Location-Date Sutherland+Somerset West, South Africa - 14 Feb + 17 Mar 2010,
Remark The dense star background has been attenuated to better display the nebular structures
 
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