Fighting dragons of Ara

NGC 6188 NGC 6164

Shawn Nielsen

Siding Spring Observatory, Australia

Takahashi FSQ ED 106mm refractor at F5.0 (530mm)

SBIG STL-11000M CCD (10.7 mega pixels)

Paramount ME mount

Maxim DL Pro 5 for camera control, acquisition and guiding. Focusmax for autofocusing.

12 x 5min Ha / 12 x5min O3 / 12 x 5min S2 (not used) – 3 hours total data.

Imaged remotely using the iTelescope T12 and T8 at the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia.

Processed in Pixinsight, using synthetic luminance channel created from the narrowband channels.

This is 3 hours of narrowband data collected using the iTelescope T12 and T8 imaging platforms located in Australia. The fighting dragons of Ara, aka NGC 6188, is a fascinating southern hemisphere target. A region of space with emission nebula, an open cluster creating reflection nebulosity and a planetary nebula with a gaseous cloud and halo. For me NGC6188 has a scifi fantasy painting quality to it, captured in Ha, O3 and S2.