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 B72 - The Snake Nebula 
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Dark nebulae snake across a gorgeous expanse of stars in this telescopic view toward the pronounceable constellation Ophiuchus and the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. In fact, the twisting central shape seen here is well known as the Snake Nebula. It is also listed as Barnard 72 (B72), one of 182 dark markings of the sky cataloged in the early 20th century by astronomer E. E. Barnard. Unlike bright emission nebulae and star clusters, Barnard's nebulae are interstellar dark clouds of obscuring gas and dust. Their shapes are visible in cosmic silhouette because they lie in the foreground along the line of sight to rich star fields and glowing stellar nurseries near the plane of our Galaxy. Many of Barnard's dark nebulae are themselves likely sites of future star formation. Barnard 72 is about 650 light years away. With bluish star 44 Ophiuchi at top right, the intriguing star field spans nearly 2 degrees or almost 20 light-years at the estimated distance of the Snake Nebula. [Text from APOD]

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Optics: Takahashi FSQ-106EDXIII F/5 530mm. - APO Refractor
Mount: AP Mach1 GTO
Camera: QSI-683WSG
Filters: Astrodon E Series Gen II LRGB 31mm
Guiding Systems: SX Lodestar
Dates/Times: 15 June 2012
Location: Col Basset - Sestriere - Italy
Exposure Details: L:R:G:B => 90:30:30:35 = > (18x5):(6x5):(6x5):(7x5) All Bin1 [num x minutes]
Cooling Details: -25 C
Acquisition: Maxim DL/CCD, Perseus
Processing: CCDStack2+, PixInsight, PS CS5
Mean FWHM: 2.21
SQM-L: 21.57
Note: Collaboration with my Wife :-)