The area in the sky around Antares is full of exciting objects. I imaged a small part of it while waiting for M8/M20/M21 to rise one morning. I took only a few images, but after heavy image processing I came up with the following:
|Antares, Messier 4, NGC 6144 and IC 4605; ST80 on Vixen SP; 6x180|
Clouds of interstellar gas and dust fill the area, adding unusual patterns and colors to the scene.
Messier 4 is the large globular cluster at the top. It is about 7,200 light years away and is one of the closest globular clusters to Earth. Messier 4 is also called the Cat's Eye cluster because of the conspicuous bar structure across the middle.
Globular cluster NGC 6144 is located to the upper-left of Antares. It is about 33,000 light years away.
The blue reflection nebula IC 4605 is in the lower-left corner.
I plan on revisiting this and the surrounding area one day. There is a lot more to see!