Running Chicken Nebula: Located in the constellation of Centaurus this huge emission nebula is a tremendous star cradle, where stars of different sizes are continously born. Unfortunately it is quite faint and can be hardly observed from the Northern Hemisphere. Running Chicken seems to fit, although the head is a bit detached from the rest of the body.

Object Running Chicken Nebula
Category Nebulae
Designation IC 2944
Constellation Centaurus
Optics TMB 80 f/6 x 0.8 Tele Vue Reducer/Flattener
Mount Piggyback on LX 200 and Equatorial Superwedge
Camera Hutech modified Canon EOS 30D
Exposure 27 x ISO 800-5min, IDAS LPS filter
Calibration Dark and Flat Frame
Guiding Meade DSI Pro and LX 200 as Guide Scope. PHD as Guiding Software
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 12 March 2007
 
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