NGC 6302

NGC 6302

The Bug Nebula

NGC 6302 is an irregular planetary nebula in Scorpius. This object belongs to a class of bipolar nebulae. This type of bipolar structure often is a result of a double star system. The resulting nebula has a dusty disk-like structure that may correspond to the orbital plane of the second star orbiting the 10th magnitude B6 central star of the planetary nebula. The magnitude 13.0 nebula has a size of 0.8 arc-minutes.

This is an RGB composite CCD image taken with an SBIG ST-8XE CCD at prime focus on a Takahashi Mewlon 210 Dall-Kirkham telescope operating at f11.5. The images were acquired using ACP and processed with MaxIm DL/CCD. This image was taken from my backyard in Scottsdale, Arizona.

NGC 6302
Constellation: Scorpius
RA:17h 14m 05s Dec:-37d 06' 30"
May 15 & 30 & June 1, 2005
Image by Sid Leach
Scottsdale, Arizona

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