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Corona Australis Molecular Cloud

Paid a visit back to the place where I first saw the Milky way galaxy. There's something about this patch of the night sky that ceases to amaze me. Still feels surreal! So what's up with this collection of interstellar dust? NGC 6729 (also known as Caldwell 68) is a reflection/emission nebula of the Corona Australis Molecular Cloud in the constellation Corona Australis. It was discovered by Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt in 1861.

This fan-shaped nebula opens from the star R Coronae Australis toward the star T CrA to the south-east. R CrA is a pre-main-sequence star in the Corona Australis molecular complex, one of the closer star-forming regions of the galaxy at a distance of 130 pc. NGC 6729 is a variable nebula which shows irregular variations in brightness and in shape.

This was a great target to shoot with a one-shot colour camera: QHY 533C. Even though it was only 90 mins worth of exposure, it was pretty amazing how much duty details it ws able to pull in via my 90mm refractor. Before this, there was a data-loss scare which thankfully did not happen.

Hope you enjoyed it!


iOptron CEM26

Stellamira CF 90mm triplet

Astronomik L2 UV/IR filter

Imaged in Mersing

Full Resolution can be found here:

Corona Australis Molecular Cloud

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