IC 2944: The Running Chicken

IC 2944
Detail of emission nebula IC 2944, "The Running Chicken", in Centaurus. Small dark patches in the center are cold gas (hydrogen og helium) and dust (silicates og carbon). Each patch is several hundred times larger than our solar system.

Date: 21 April 2018

Lokalitet: Tivoli Astro-farm, Khomas, Namibia, latitude: -23,5 grader

Telescope: Skywatcher Esprit ED 120 mm f/7 apochromat

Mount: AP-1200 GTO

Autoguider: SkyNYX 2-2 on a Meade ETX90

Camera: Apogee U16M, CCD-temperature -17 C

Filters: Chroma Technology Corp

Filtration: LRGB (Luminosity, Red, Green, Blue) L: 4x6min; R: 4x6min; G: 4x6min; B: 4x6min

Processing: Maxim DL (capture, stacking, stretching), PhotoShop (color balance)

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