First Light Image!

Delighted to publish the first image from this incredible telescope & camera combination. The Takahashi and QSI 6162 are premium astrophotography tools. This combination along with my new Chroma LRGB & Narrowband Ha, O3 & S2 filters is a dream to use!

Photographed in HaO3S2RGB from my backyard in Melbourne, Australia.

3hrs Ha 5nm 1200 secs

2.5hrs O3 3nm 1200 secs

2hrs S2 5nm 1200 secs

20mins RGBx 120 secs each.

Processed in Astropixel Processor & Photoshop CC 2020


QSI6162_NGC6188_Fighting_Dragons of Ara nebula in narrowband
QSI6162_NGC6188_Fighting_Dragons of Ara nebula in Narrowband

Capture Details

TelescopeTakahashi TOA 130 Apochromatic Refractor
CameraQSI 6162 WSG-8
MountTak NJP
FiltersChroma 5nm Ha & S2, 3nm O3 & RGB
Guiding CameraStarlight Xpress Lodestar X2
Integration time (Exposure)8.5 hrs
LocationBurwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
DateApril, 2020

About this Image

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 false-color Hubble palette was used to create this gorgeous wide-field image and shows emission from sulphur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms in red, green, and blue hues. (Text: APOD)

Fighting Dragons 2020

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“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