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The Dark Horse: Close to the galactic center of the Milky Way, in the constellations of Scorpius and Ophiuchus, lies a huge dark nebula made up of gas and dust which obscures the light of the dense star field of the central bulge of our galaxy.

It is sometimes called The Dark Horse galopping from left to right as seen in this image. Its hind l Pipegs and rump at the left part of the image are making up the well known Pipe Nebula and in the center the Snake Nebula can be recognized.

 To have a close look at the numerous other dark nebulae and structures see the Hi-Res version.

Object The Dark Horse
Category Nebulae
Designation The Dark Horse
Constellation Scorpius, Ophiuchi
Optics Canon EF lens 200mm 1:2.8 @ f/3.5
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 2 sets of 3 x 10min L, 3 x 5min(2x2 bin) each color Astrodon True Balance LRGB filterset. Maxim DL for image akquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and Skywatcher ED80 as Guide Scope, Maxim DL as guiding software
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop, Color Code LRGB
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 17+18 Mar 2010
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