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The Dark Doodad and NGC 4372: Just next to the Southern Cross the constellation of Musca is found. In it one finds an extended Dark Nebula which has no real designation. Therefore it is called the Dark Doodad Nebula or also the Dark Python. A huge molecular cloud absorbs the light of the background stars so that hardly any stars can be seen in this area.
The image also contains the Globular Cluster NGC 4372 at the lower right.

Object The Dark Doodad and NGC 4372
Category Nebulae
Designation NGC 4372
Constellation Musca
Optics Takahashi FSQ 106 ED f/5
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3 x 5min each RGB, Baader filter set. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar and Astro Professional 80mm f/7 as Guide Scope, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop. Color Code RGB
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 13 Feb 2013
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