Running Chicken Nebula: The image displays in finer details the "body" of the Running Chicken than in a wider field of view. In the center the Open Cluster IC 2948, which generates by its intensive radiation most of the emission nebula. The dark spots in various parts of the image are called Bok or Thackeray Globules, in which very likely new stars are born, which are not yet visible, because they are still enshrouded in dust clouds obstructing the light.

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Object Running Chicken Nebula
Category Nebulae
Designation IC 2944
Constellation Centaurus
Optics Meade LX 200 GPS 10 Zoll f/10 x 0.5 Lumicon Giant Easy Guider
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera QHY8/ALccd 6c
Exposure 20 x 5min Astronomik Ha filter, 10 x 10min IDAS LPS filter, Maxim DL for image aquisition
Calibration No
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and TMB 130 as Guidescope, Maxim DL as guiding software
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop, Colorcode L(Ha),R(Ha-R/LPS),G(LPS),B(LPS)
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 29 Feb+3 March 2008
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