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NGC 6369: The Ghost

Besides looking like a TIE fighter (Star Wars), the nebula’s peculiar appearance is overshadowed by its peculiar color. The unusual color is evident in the entire field. What is going on here? NGC 6369 is located in a direction that has many clouds of dust. The dust reddens the light of the stars and probably much of the light from NGC 6369.

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Last Updated: 20-Jun-2014

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20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.1

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

Luminance = 60 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 15 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 15 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 15 minutes binned 2x2

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