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
Integration: 1.2 hours
Author: Rodrigo Andolfato
AstroPhotography of the day by SPONLI 12 May 2014