GN 16.05.2 in the constellation Scorpius (the Scorpion)

The faint reflection nebula at the western edge of the constellation Scorpio is build by the two stars HD 5999 and 6000. Both stars are so bright that their light illuminates the dust within a radius of 1 light year and becomes visible as a reflection nebula.

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Optics: Planewave CDK 12.5 with Televue 0.8x reducer
Aperture: 318 mm
Focal Length: 2030 mm
Camera: Canon EOS 700Dac
Exposure: 33 x 300 s
Location: Chamaeleon Observatory, Onjala Lodge, Namibia
Processing: Nebulosity, StarTools, Starnet++, Photoshop
Diameter:2 light years
Distance:518 light years
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