The Dark Side of Ophiuchus 

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This part of Ophiuchus contains numerous dark clouds of dust which obscure the background stars. Below the bright blue star in the center of the frame, the large dark mass is informally called the Pipe Nebula, which itself looks vaguely like the back end of a horse with its head at the top of the frame.
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Date/Time:    7 June 2008
Location: Vanishing Point Observatory (OCA Anza Site)
Scope/Lens: Borg 125EDF2.8 @ f/3.3
Camera: Mitsuboshi 6x9 Vacuum Astrocamera
Mount: Losmandy Titan 50
Guider: Borg 45ED / SBIG STV
Media: Medium format Kodak E200, +2 push
Exposure: 3x20 min.