The Dragons of Ara – Brian Boyle
One of the most spectacular of all nebulae, the Rim Nebula (NGC 6188) lies deep in the deep in the Southern Milky Way passing overhead Otago during autumn and winter.
Located 4000 light years distant in the constellation of Ara (the Altar) the appearance of the nebula gives rise to its more poetic name of The Dragons of Ara. Fortunately the constellation boundaries were drawn such that the Dragons just missed being the constellation of the Carpenter’s Square, otherwise they would have been known as the The Dragons of Norma.
The Dragons of Ara is another star-forming region sculpted by the last group of stars that went supernova in this region. It’s that circle of life thing.
Just below the Dragons is a spinning star with two lobes of material being thrown off.
TS Hypergraph 200mm f/3.2 telescope, ZWO ASI6200MM sensor, Optolong narrowband filters, 56 x 600sec exposure.
$750 (inc GST)