ngc 6559 and friends with Explore Scientific 80mm f/6 APO
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north is to the left in this frame
This complex is just east of M 8 and might actually be part of the same clouds of hydrogen. The brightest portion,
ngc 6559, is the curved emission nebula that includes the reflection nebula and a group of stars near the center or the image.
ic 4685 is the larger emission area with central star and a cloud of reflection nebula just above and left. ic 1274 and Barnhard 91 ,
with reflection nebulosity are on the left.The big patch running off the top edge is ic 4678 and the brightest star is 11 Sgr.
This place is strewn with other dark nebulae including the intricate Barnhard 303 connecting 6559 and 4685...
the bright cluster at the upper irght is ngc 6554 lots of fun to chase things down...

 Telescope Explore Scientific 80mm f/6 ED80 triplet refractor mounted piggyback on Meade LX 200 Classic 12 inch
Camera Canon XT/350d modified with Baader type 1 filter by Hap Griffin
Exposure  60 five-minute sub-exposures at iso 800
 Guiding  PHD Guide from Stark labs with Meade DSI pro I on Meade 12-inch LX 200 Classic at f/3.3
 Software  Images acquired, calibrated, stacked and color corrected with Nebulosity 2.2.1 from Stark Labs. Further processing in Photoshop CS 3.
on-line links to more information    google any or all of the pieces of this. A good map of the center can be seen at

september 6,7, and 10th 2010