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Running Chicken Nebula: Located in the constellation of Centaurus this huge emission nebula is a tremendous star cradle, where stars of different sizes are continously born. It is quite faint and can be hardly observed from the Northern Hemisphere. Running Chicken seems to fit, although the head is a bit detached from the rest of the body.
Left of center is the brilliant Pearl Cluster (NGC 3766).

Object Running Chicken Nebula
Category Nebulae
Designation IC 2944
Constellation Centaurus
Optics Takahashi FSQ 106 ED f/5
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3x20min H-alpha, 3x10min each RGB, Baader filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar and Skywatcher ED 80 as Guide Scope, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5, PixInsight, Photoshop. Color Code L:H-alpha, R:R/H-alpha,G,B
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 23 Apr 2012
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