Antares Region



 The region around Antares and Rho Ophiuchi is one of the most colorful areas of the night sky.  Due to its low elevation and faint nebulosity it is also one of the most difficult areas to photograph.  The blue star forming regions around Rho Ophiuchi are approximately 400 light years away.  The complex twisting of this nebula is the result of a shock front passing through from the direction of Scorpio.  The bright yellow star is the super giant Antares and is surrounded by a very rare yellow reflection nebula.  The two globular clusters to the lower right are NGC 6144 and M4. 

This image was taken on the night of May 27, 2017

Telescope:  Takahashi FSQ 106 EDX

Camera:  Modified Canon 6D ISO 800

Two frame mosaic with each frame consisting of 8 three minute exposures (Total exposure time of 48 minutes)