The Rho Opuichus Complex

Captured by Ray Palmer

In the top right corner, four types of nebula are visible. Emission Nebula (red), Reflection Nebula (Yellow and Blue) and Dark Nebula which are the dark dust lanes running downwards toward the left. These four different Nebula make up what is called the Rho Opiuchus Complex. I prefer to call this object The Traffic Light Nebula for obvious reasons. There is much real estate at the lower portion of this image as well. Many other bright red nebulae can be seen sitting inside the central core of the Milky Way. 

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Image Specifications Exposure 1 hour Piggybacked Nikon F2 @ F2 Focal Ratio F6.3 Film Kodak Chrome Elite 200 Autoguided with GuideDog Software Golden Grove Astronomical Observing Facility Western Australia

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