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Cometary Globule CG4: This birthplace of new stars with head and tail has a similarity to a comet. This is why such objects are called Cometary Globules. The globule CG4 in the constellation of Puppis in a distance of 1300 LY has been broken up, probably by strong star winds.
It was also called God`s Hand, which seems to reach out for the Spiral Galaxy (PGC 21338), which of course is millions of LY away.
I would rather call the globule "The Galaxy Hunter".

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



Object Cometary Globule CG4
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation CG4
Constellation Puppis
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/3 in corrected primary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3 x 10min H-alpha, 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, PixInsight, Photoshop,. Color Code L:H-alpha, R/H-alpha,GB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 18+21 Apr 2012
 
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