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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.Here is another image with a more extended field of view taken with the QHY8 camera.

Object Running Chicken Nebula
Category Nebulae
Designation IC 2944
Constellation Centaurus
Optics TMB 130 f/6 with Field Flattener
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 5 x 20min Baader H-alpha filter, 5x10min each Astrodon True Balance RGB filters. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark and Flat Frame
Guiding Selfguiding
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop. Color Code L(H-alpha), R(H-alpha/R),G,B
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 13+15 Feb 2009
 
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