The creation of adam (Robotic)

Main Objects: NGC 6188, NGC 6193

Fresco of the constellation Ara

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The object with catalog number NGC 6188 is known in Hungary as Hands-Nebula or the Creation of Adam. This nebula is often referred as "Fighting Dragons". The wonderful emission nebula discovered by John Herschel in 1832. This nebula is not visible from my homeland, so I used an Australian robotic telescope to capture it.

Many people imagine different things in this structure. I've always imagined two hands pointing at each other. If we imagine the hands, it is very similar to Michelangelo's 1510 fresco "The Creation of Adam," which is part of the ceiling fresco cycle of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel. It gives a special religious connection that the object belongs to the Altar constellation. A great animation shows the similarity between the fresco and the deep sky object.

The mysterious appearance of the nebula, including its illumination, is due to the stars of the NGC 6193 open cluster, which is enhanced by the stars of the Ara OB1 association. The special forms and shapes of the interstellar nebula consisting of dust and gas were shaped by supernova explosions, interstellar wind and strong ultraviolet radiation.

The NGC 6193 was discovered by James Dunlop on May 14, 1826. The set of 27 stars is dominated by two bright stars of the O-type, surrounded by the lighter stars of the B-type. It is a very young group of stars, because it was "only" formed 3 million years ago.

After analyzing several images, I decided to capture it with narrowband filters by the so-called "Hubble Palette" method, ie Ionized Hydrogen, Oxygen and Sulfur-permeable filters. I also had some light intensity (luminance) and true color shots.

Name:

NGC 6188, Ced136a

Constellation:

Ara

Coordinates:

R.A. 16 h 40 m 00 s Dec. -48° 30′ 00″

Type:

Emission Nebula

Distance:

4,000 light-years

Brightness:

8.5m

Apparent size:

20' x 12'

Size:

300 light-years

Observable: 

Spring and summer (Southern Hemisphere)

Date:

15/08/2019; 19/08/2019; 22/09/2019; 28/09/2019

Total exposure time:

1.7 hour

Location:

iTelescope - T31, Siding Spring Observatory, Australia

Camera:

FLI-PL09000

Telescope:

Corrected Dall-Kirkham Astrograph 510/3454 mm

Mount:

Planewave Ascension 200HR

Guiding:

Autoguiding

Corrector:

0.66x reductor

Focal ratio, length:

f/4.4, 2259 mm

ISO:

-

Light:

3x600 s Ha-SII-OIII (bin1), 1x300 s Lum (bin1), 1x180 s R-G-B (bin2)

Dark:

Calibrated

Flat:

Calibrated

Bias:

Calibrated

Processing:

Astro Pixel Processor, PixInsight, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop

Location

Annotation

Name:

NGC 6193, Caldwell 82

Constellation:

Ara

Coordinates:

R.A. 16 h 41 m 20 s Dec. -48° 45′ 47″

Type:

Open Cluster

Distance:

3,765 light-years

Brightness:

5.2m

Apparent size:

15'

Observable: 

Spring and summer (Southern Hemisphere)