Cat’s Paw Nebula

Designation: NGC 6334
Hemisphere: Northern
Constellation: Scorpius
Distance: 4,200 – 5,500 light years
Object type: H II region


The Cat’s Paw Nebula is a high mass filamentary cloud structure that emits light mainly in red from hydrogen atoms; it takes its name from the large, round features that create the impression of a feline footprint. The nebula is a star-forming region located in the constellation Scorpius, between 4,200 and 5,500 light-years.


Mount: Celestron Evolution
Main Telescope: William Optics ZS73EDii
Main camera: ZWO ASI183MC-Pro
Main camera filter: Optolong L-eNhance

Acquisition details

Total integration time: 3 hours
Acquisition: SharpCap Pro
Processing: APP – PixInsight
Location: Italy

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