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IC 2944 Center:  The image displays the "body" of the Running Chicken Nebula (IC 2944). 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 the center 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 observatory of IAS at Hakos Farm in Namibia.



Object IC 2944 Center
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation IC 2944
Constellation Centaurus
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/3 in corrected primary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 2 x 10min Baader H-alpha filter, 3 x 5min 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, CCDStack, Photoshop. Color Code L:H-alpha, R/H-alpha,GB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 1.4..2011
 
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