Enchanted Skies


IC6334, The Cat's Paw Nebula (Imaged from near Ft. Davis, TX)

Cat's Paw Nebula Map of region near IC6334


Object Information                                            Imaging Details

IC6334 is an emission nebula located in the constellation Scorpius. It was discovered by astronomer John Herschel in 1837. The nebula resembles a huge paw print, hence the name, Cat's Paw (or Bear Claw). It can be located near the tip of the Scorpion' s tail in Scorpius.

The nebula is 5,500 from Earth and spans about 50 light years. NGC 6334 is one of the most active nurseries of massive stars in our galaxy. The nebula conceals numerous blue giants - each nearly ten times the mass of our Sun and born in the last few million years.

This object was imaged from the 2010 Texas Star party.

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Celestron NexStar 11" OTA

Canon T2i
Misc. Optics:
Hyperstar 3
33 x 1 minutes @ iso 800
Images aligned and stacked in Nebulosity. Curves/levels and sharpening with Photoshop CS3.

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Enchanted Skies - Astrophotography by Rich Richins (all images copyright, Rich Richins)