A drop of ink in a Sea of Stars
In an almost oxymoronic juxtaposition of objects, a dark absorption nebula, Barnard 86, lies adjacent to a sparkling star cluster, NGC 6520. This scene within the dense star fields and intricate network of absorption nebulae lies within the constellation of Sagittarius, which from the perspective of the Earth, is where the galactic core lies. Looking into the direction of the galactic plane towards the galactic centre, these strange and wonderful objects tell us a story of how stars born and live. Dark nebulae like B86 are only visible as silhouettes against a bright background of stars, but they are the material from which these very stars were made of.
Location: Mersing, Malaysia
Date(s): July 2017
Telescope: Takahashi FSQ85ED at f/5.3
Camera: SBIG ST8300M
Mount: Losmandy G11/G2
Exposure Integration: 45 minutes in LRGB
Image reduction, integration and processing with Pleiades Astrophoto PixInsight.