Caldwell 69 (North Up, East Left)
Calwell 69 is sometimes referred to as the "Bug Nebula", "Butterfly Nebula" or "Bipolar Nebula". It has numerous catalogue entries, including NGC 6302, Cederblad 139, Gum 60 and Sharpless 2-6, among others. It is a planetary nebula in the constellation of Scorpius with a central star of magnitude 16.6 at a distance of ~4,000 light-years. This image comprises 10 x Luminance (45 seconds each) and 5 x Red, Green and Blue (45, 52 and 47 seconds each), 0.5m f/2.9 ASA Astrograph with FLI ML3200 camera at an altitude of 20 degrees over two nights, 1 and 2 June 2016. The fields of view of the images at the top and bottom are 32’ x 21’ and 18’ x 11’ respectively.
Hills Observatory: 1 January 2013 to 14 August 2018