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Centaurus: The Constellation of Centaurus is one of the most conspicuous of the Southern Skies as it contains the signature stars Alpha (Rigel Kentaurus) and Beta Centauri (Hadar), close to the lower rim of this image. The image shows not only the chain of stars of the constellation, but also the most prominent Deep Sky Objects contained in it.
At the right hand side the constellation of the Southern Cross with the dark Coal Sack is partly embedded into Centaurus.
At the far right the beautiful Running Chicken Nebula can be detected and in the center of the image Omega Centauri, the brightest Globular Cluster in the sky, as well as the wonderful galaxy Centaurus A.

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Object Centaurus
Category Constellations
Designation Centaurus
Constellation Centaurus
Optics Canon EF 50mm lens f/1.8 @ f/5.7
Mount Takahashi EM-11
Camera Modified Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure 12x5min ISO 1600
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding Unguided
Processing DeepSkyStacker, Photoshop
Location-Date Mount Ceder, South Afrika - 12 Mar 2013
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