My all time favourite Deep Space Object!

These swirls of gas & dust remind me of Giant Japanese Kaiju Monsters fighting a cosmic battle under the stars.

3 Hrs 5nm Ha x 900 secs

4 Hrs 3nm O3 x 900 secs

4 Hrs 3nm S2 x 900 secs

1hr each RG & B 60 secs

Processed in Nebulosity & Photoshop CC 2016

Silver Award (with Distinction) 2015 AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards

Silver Award (with Distinction) 2015 AIPP Victorian Professional Photography Awards

Winner: Deep Space Section – CWAS David Malin Awards 2015

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Deep Space Nebula Narrowband image NGC 6188 in Ara
NGC 6188 in Ara

Capture Details

TelescopeWilliam Optics FLT 110
CameraQSI 683 WSG8
MountSkywatcher EQ6 Pro
FiltersAstrodon 5nm Ha, O3, S2 & RGB
Guiding CameraStarlight Xpress Lodestar X2
Integration time (Exposure)12 hrs
LocationBurwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
DateMarch, 2015

About this Nebula

“The swirling, fragmented clouds of gas and dust in the Milky Way are always challenging to photograph, and this intriguing image captures its torn and fragmented structure beautifully, turning molecular clouds into a work of art.” David Malin

Dark shapes with bright edges winging their way through dusty NGC 6188 are tens of light-years long. The emission nebula is found near the edge of an otherwise dark large molecular cloud in the southern constellation Ara, about 4,000 light-years away. Born in that region only a few million years ago, the massive young stars of the embedded Ara OB1 association sculpt the fantastic shapes and power the nebular glow with stellar winds and intense ultraviolet radiation. The recent star formation itself was likely triggered by winds and supernova explosions, from previous generations of massive stars, that swept up and compressed the molecular gas. A Hubble palette was used to create this  image and shows emission from sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms. The field of view spans about four full Moons, corresponding to about 150 light years at the estimated distance of NGC 6188. (APOD)

The Fighting Dragons of Ara

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“When I look down into the abyss,
Down into the merciless blackness,
Colder and deeper than Hades itself,
There I see the Kraken rising.”

- Greig Beck, Kraken Rising