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Ink spot

Celestial sketcher Erika Rix takes a dark turn in order to capture the blackness of the Ink Spot Nebula.
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The Milky Way is a treasure-trove of celestial objects. Brighter portions of its starlit band provide the backdrop for viewing dark clouds of dust and gas, such as Barnard 86. Pegged as the Ink Spot Nebula for its pitch-black appearance against numerous stars, Barnard 86 spans 5' and can be spotted 2.5° north-northwest of the 3rd-magnitude star Gamma (γ) Sagittarii. You’ll find it nestled between NGC 6520, a tidy 7th-magnitude open cluster on its eastern border, and an orange double star shining at magnitude 6.7 to the west. The trio provides notable contrast so that even a 4-inch telescope will deliver a nice view when you observe it under dark rural skies.

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