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Prawn Nebula: IC 4628 or GUM 56, sometimes also called Prawn Nebula, lies in the bend of the tail of Scorpius close to the brilliant Open Cluster NGC 6231(upper right corner in this image).
It is a highly dramatic nebular landscape, where massive young stars whip the surrounding matter to glow and compress. IC 4628 is in a distance of approx. 6000 LY and the image spans more than 300 LY. At closer inspection small globules can be detected, which are probably birthbeds of new stars not yet visible.

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Object Prawn Nebula
Category Nebulae
Designation IC 4628, NGC 6231
Constellation Scorpius
Optics TMB 130 f/6 with Field Flattener
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 5 x 20min (1x1 bin) Baader H-alpha (7nm) filter, 3 x 10min each (1x1 bin) Astrodon True Balance RGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark Frame
Guiding Selfguiding
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop. Color Code L:Ha,R:Ha/R, GB
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 29+30 March 2009
Remark Multiple Luminance Layering
 
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