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Reflection nebula van den Bergh 99 is a faint deep-sky object in the constellation Scorpius. The brightest star in this image is magnitude 2.3 Dschubba (Delta Scorpii), which lies to the upper right, but the one that’s emitting the light reflected by the nebula is magnitude 2.9 Pi Scorpii (left and slightly above center). (Canon 450D DSLR, Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens set at f/3.5, ISO 400, eighty-six 5-minute exposures, stacked)
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