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Nebulae :: LDN1773 - Pipe Nebula

LDN1773 - Pipe Nebula

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         Object Pipe Nebula
         Comment The Pipe Nebula (aka Lynd's Dark Nebulae 1773, Barnard 59,65-67 and 78) as its name implies is a smoking pipe shaped dark nebula located in the constellation Ophiuchus (the Serpent Bearer). This cloud of gas and dust spans a large area of the sky and forms the hind quarters of the Dark Horse Nebula, an even larger dark nebula complex. The stem of the pipe comprises of catalogue items B59, B65-67, with the pipe bowl as B78. The nebula's opaque clouds absorb and block the starlight of the background Milky Way stars.

The image is a RGB composite consisting of two mosaic panels
         Optics Takahashi FSQ-106ED F/5 (530mm FL)
         Camera Apogee Alta U16M - 1x1 bin (image scale: 3.5 arcsec/pix)
         Mount Software Bisque Paramount ME
         Exposure Total exposure time: 8 hours
         Date August 2011


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