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The Details
Object
Sharpless 2-9 in Scorpius (aka Gum 65) and Messier 4
Optics
Astro-Physics 160 EDF refractor at f/5.7
Platform
Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera
SBIG STL-11000M
Filters
Tru-Balance 6nm Hydrogen Alpha Filter
Date
31 May 2010 and 03 June 2010
Location
Mount Wilson Observatory - Mount Wilson, CA
Exposure
Ha 10 x 1800 sec, 1x1 bin
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, CCD Stack, Photoshop CS 4
Orientation
Field of View: 02°10' x 01°26' centered on RA 16h21m41.4s
DEC -25°48’17” (2000.0) . North angle 36.7°; east 90° CCW from north.
Notes

This nebula is associated with the bright star Sigma Scorpio, shown in the above image just right of center. Also in the frame is the globular cluster Messier 4, which lies nearly 10 times further from Earth at approximately 7200 light years.

 

 

 

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