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Thackerey Globules in IC 2944: The image displays in fine details the "body" of the Running Chicken Nebula. In the center you see the Open Cluster IC 2948, which generates by its intensive radiation most of the emission nebula. The dark spots in various parts of the image are the so called Thackeray Globules, in which very likely new stars are born, which are not yet visible, because they are still enshrouded in dust clouds obstructing the light.

In the Hi-Res version of the image they can be studied in detail.

The image was taken at the IAS astronomical site at the Hakos farm in Namibia.

Object Thackerey Globules in IC 2944
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation IC 2944
Constellation Centaurus
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/9 in corrected secondary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 2 x 10min each Baader RGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar on Schneider OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5, CCD Stack, Photoshop. Color Code R,G,B
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 3 Apr 2011
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