NGC 6188 in the constellation Ara

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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: Meade Series 5000 80mm Apo
Imaging cameras: Canon 500D (Mod)
Mounts: Orion USA Atlas EQ-G Computerized GoTo Telescope Mount
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion USA 80mm Short-tube
Guiding cameras: Orion StarShoot AutoGuider
Software: Alignmaster, PHD guiding, BinaryRivers BackyardEOS, photoshop, Cartes du Ciel, Luc Coiffier’s DeepSkyStacker Live
Filters: Astronomik CLS Canon EOS Clip
Accessories: Astro-Tech 2″ Field Flattener
Dates: April 27, 2014
Frames: 23×300″
Integration: 1.9 hours

Author: Wellerson Lopes

AstroPhotography of the day by SPONLI 15 May 2014