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Cederblad 111: Deep in the Southern constellation of Chamaeleon lies an extended  Molecular Cloud in a distance of about 500 LY. From this cloud new stars are born, the very brightest of which are then capable of illuminating their birthbeds and creating different kinds of nebulae. Some of them are displayed in this fascinating image.

In the center shines the blue Reflection Nebula Cederblad 111 (also Ced 111 as part of a well-known catalogue of such nebulae) and above it Cederblad 110, the pale yellow crescent-shaped nebula. The very faint yellow-red patches between them are the Herbig Haro Objects HH 49 and HH 50, which are stars in an  early phase of their life cycle.

The triangular object beneath Ced 111 is the infrared nebula GN 11.07.3. At the very right edge of the image one can recognize the faint spiral galaxy PGC 32994, a Mag 17.3 object.
Very impressive are also the dark nebulae surrounding Ced 111. They are very dense parts of the cloud that cannot be penetrated by visible light.

The image was taken at the observatory of IAS at Hakos Farm in Namibia.


Object Cederblad 111
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation Ced 111
Constellation Chamaeleon
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/3 in corrected primary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 8 x 10min each RGB, Baader filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar on Schneider OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing MaxIm DL5, CCDStack, Photoshop. Color Code RGB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 12+15 Dec 2012
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