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Nebulae :: RCW96-97-98



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         Object RCW96, RCW97, RCW98
         Comment Residing in the southern constellation of Norma is a grouping of emission nebulae catalogued as RCW96 (right), RCW97 (top left) and RCW98 (bottom left). The nebulae are nested within a star rich area of the Milky Way. RCW98 is more commonly known as the Coffee Bean nebula due to its resemblance. The nebula is ionised by the O9.5 IV subgiant LSS 3423 and has both emission and reflection characteristics resulting in a pink hue.

Image is a [Ha+R]GB composite
         Optics Modified ASA N16 Astrograph F/3.5 (1396mm FL)
         Camera Apogee Alta F16000 - 1x1 bin (image scale: 1.1 arcsec/pix)
         Mount Software Bisque Paramount ME
         Exposure Total exposure time: 8.5 hours
         Date June 2015


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