NGC 6334 <br>The Cat's Paw Nebula.

NGC 6334
The Cat's Paw Nebula.

45 minutes exposure, Kodak Ektachrome 200 slide film.
5" f/5 refractor at prime focus.

Situated near the tail of the Scorpion, not far from the star Shula (the end star in the sting) are two little known nebulae which are easily visible in an 8" telescope. The northern of the two nebulae is NGC 6357. The southern one, shown here, is NGC 6334, also known as the "Cat's Paw" nebula. For some reason I seem to be jinxed when it comes to photographing this nebula. I have attempted to photograph it numerous times, but for some reason, every time something goes wrong! Even this image was trailed! :-(