NGC 6188 in the constellation Ara


NGC 6188 is an emission nebula located about 4,000 light years away in the constellation Ara. The bright open cluster NGC 6193, visible to the naked eye, is responsible for a region of reflection nebulosity within NGC 6188.

NGC 6188 is a star forming nebula, and is sculpted by the massive, young stars that have recently formed there – some are only a few million years old. This spark of formation was probably caused when the last batch of stars went supernova.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Orion USA 102ED F7.0
Imaging cameras: Atik 314L+
Mounts: Skywatcher HEQ5 SynScan
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion USA 50mm Guide Scope
Guiding cameras: Imaging Source DBK41AU02.AS
Filters: Orion H‑Alpha 7nm
Dates: May 8, 2014
Frames: 12×360″
Integration: 1.2 hours

Author: Rodrigo Andolfato

AstroPhotography of the day by SPONLI 12 May 2014