The Hookah Pipe Nebula in the Large Magellenic Cloud.

Not too many individual images of this object around – I searched and Googled but couldn’t find any, so maybe this is a world first!

Reminiscent of a middle eastern Hookah Pipe, check out the Ha smoke ring (DEM L99) at 1 O’Clock, (how the heck did that form?) and the mini rosette (DEM L90) at 2:30. The base N30 A&B has a strong blue O3 region, which is beautifully contrasted by the big yellow star at the centre -Theta Doradus (Mag 4.80).

I spent ages pouring over annotated widefield images looking for a new target in the LMC – googling again since has still found no stand alone colour versions of this Nebula. The untrodden path does occasionally reward the adventurous with unexpected delights!

Kinda reminds me of Deep Space Nine too!

Hookah Pipe Nebula (NGC 1873) in the Large Magellenic Cloud
Hookah Pipe Nebula (NGC 1873) in the Large Magellenic Cloud

Capture Details

TelescopeSidereal Trading Skywatcher 10" F4 CF Newtonian
CameraQSI 683 WSG8
MountTak NJP
FiltersAstrodon 3nm Ha, O3 & RGB
Guiding CameraStarlight Xpress Lodestar X2
Integration time (Exposure)10.7 hrs
LocationBurwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
DateNov, 2019

About this Nebula

Little is written about this particular object, located in the Large Magellenic cloud.

This is from Wikipedia –NGC 1873 (also known as ESO 85-SC54) is an open cluster associated with an emission nebula located in the Dorado constellation within the Large Magellanic Cloud. It was discovered by James Dunlop on September 24, 1826 and rediscovered by John Herschel on January 2, 1837. Its apparent magnitude is 10.4, and its size is 3.50 arc minutes.NGC 1873 is part of a triple association with NGC 1869 and NGC 1871.

The Hookah Pipe Nebula

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The word hookah is a derivative of “huqqa”, a Hindustani word, of Arabic origin derived from ḥuqqa, casket, bottle, water pipe.

- Wikipedia