The colorful clouds surrounding the star system Rho Ophiuchi compose one of the closest star forming regions. Rho Ophiuchi itself is a binary star system visible in the blue reflection nebula to the top of the image center.
This is but a small section of Rho Ophuichi cloud systems showing regions designated IC 4603 & IC 4604.
This area was only available to me for several hours on each night. Being so far south, it does not get too high in the sky – 28.5° max. This presents other problems for the imager – so extremely happy to have this one, and quite happy with the detail.
Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi FSQ130ED
Imaging cameras: FLI ML16200
Mounts: Takahashi EM 400 Temma 2M
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Takahashi FS60CB
Guiding cameras: QHY CCD QHY 5 II
Focal Extender / Reducer: None
Software: PHD 2, Pleiades Astrophoto PixInsight , Astro Pixel Processor (for stacking), Sequence Generator Pro SGP (for capture)
Filters: Astrodon L, R, G & B
Accessories: Robofocus Focuser, ATIK EFW3
Original Resolution: 4203 x 3324
Dates: 20th Feb – 21st May ’20
Astrodon L 52 x 3′
Astrodon R 30 x 3′
Astrodon G 30 x 3′
Astrodon B 30 x 3′
Total Time: 7 Hours 6 Mins.