The Dark Doodad Nebula: Just next to the Southern Cross the constellation of Musca is found. In it is an extended Dark Nebula which has no real designation. Therefore it is called the Dark Doodad Nebula. 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 two Globular Clusters: NGC 4833 at the bottom left and NGC 4372 to the right of it.

The image was taken under the very clear sky of Sutherland close to the site of the South African Large Telescope (SALT).

I want to extend my sincere thanks to Jurg Wagener from Sutherland for providing me with one of his observation enclosures for setting up my equipment and his support during my stay. His every night starshows about the wonders of the Southern Sky are an unforgettable attraction for all Sutherland visitors. Find out more about Sutherland and its attractions here.

Object The Dark Doodad Nebula
Category Nebulae
Designation Dark Doodad
Constellation Musca
Optics Canon EF lens 200mm 1:2.8 @ f/3.5
Mount Takahashi EM-11
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 6 x 5min each Astrodon RGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and Skywatcher ED80 as Guide Scope, Maxim DL as guiding software
Processing Maxim DL5,Photoshop. Color Code R,G,B
Location-Date Sutherland, South Africa - 13 Feb 2010
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