Pipe Nebula: Trying to look into the center of our galaxy, Milky Way, is a useless endeavour, since thick dust clouds prevent visible light to reach us from this direction. One thinks to look into dark crevices in the sky, which cannot be penetrated.One of the best known Dark Nebula in the direction of the galactic center is Pipe Nebula in the constellation of Ophiuchus, which seems to resemble a smoking pipe. The image shows the intricate structures in this dark region covered with dust and molecular clouds, which are also very often cradles of new stars.

In the upper part of the image another well known Dark Nebula can be observed with its winding shape: Snake Nebula.

Object Pipe Nebula
Category Nebulae
Designation Pipe Nebula
Constellation Ophiuchus
Optics Asahi Takumar 135 mm f/3.5 @ f/4.5
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera QHY8/ALccd 6c
Exposure 12x 10min IDAS LPS filter, Maxim DL for Capturing
Calibration No
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and LX 200 f/5 as Guide Scope. Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 9 March 2008
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