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NGC 6302

NGC 6302

Drawing data

NGC 6302 Sco PL
Date(s) of observation:
2012.06.13/14. Hakos
Place(s) of observation:
Hakos Astrofarm, Namibia, 1835m tszf.
Telescope(s) used:
16" f/4.5 Newtonian (Dobson)
Enlargement(s) used:
300x (6mm Planetary)
Author / Observer:
Peter Kiss


NGC 6302, pozitívba fordított rajz.
NGC 6302 drawing inverted into positive.

The famous Bug Nebula in the Scorpion's tail is beautiful bright and detailed face to face. You can obviously recognise the HST photo. Everything is visible apart from the tiny ripples and the colors. It is very unfamiliar to me, but very pleasant that the object itself can be drawn for hours. It is so detailed.

Comparison with the photograph

NGC 6302 Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image (resized).
NGC 6302 Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image (resized). Credit: NASA, ESA, STScI, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team. Source:
NGC 6302 drawing (16
NGC 6302 drawing (16" Newtonian). Peter Kiss

I know it might seem to be showing off but the one single image that comes to my mind about NGC 6302 is the one made by the Hubble Space Telescope. It was also the primary inspiration for me to take a look at the Bug Nebula. As I said before the view in the 16" Newtonian is not that far from the HST photograph. My drawing has been inverted and rotated to get closer to the orientation of the Hubble image.

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