Jewels in Corona Australis

Patrick Winkler
Location of photo
Tivoli Southern Sky Guest Farm (Namibia)
Date/Time of photo
FLI MLx694 with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM (stopped at 5.6) on a Losmandy G11; LRGB 30 35 35 35
In the north of the constellation is the Corona Australis Molecular Cloud, a dark molecular cloud with many embedded reflection nebulae, including NGC 6729, NGC 6726–7, and IC 4812. About 430 light years away, it is one of the closest star-forming regions to the Solar System. The related NGC 6726 and 6727, along with unrelated NGC 6729, were first recorded by Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt in 1865.
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