NGC6302 (Bug Nebula) in Scorpius
Taken over 3 periods in May, June and July 2014
Telescope: PlaneWave 12.5" CDK
Camera: QSI540 wsg
Exposure was 8.2 hours with Astronomik LRGB and H alpha filters.
Field of View: 8' x 8'
Processed in PixInsight
NGC 6302, also called the Bug Nebula or Butterfly Nebula, is a bipolar planetary nebula in the constellation Scorpius. The spectrum of NGC 6302 shows that its central star is one of the hottest stars in the galaxy, with a surface temperature in excess of 200,000 K, implying that the star from which it formed must have been very large.