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Southern Seagull Nebula: In the Tarantulum Nebula Region one finds numerous Emission- and Reflection Nebulae, only rarely photographed. One of the more prominent parts is displayed in this image.
Lower left of center there are three nebulae close together (from left): NGC 2040, NGC 2035 and NGC 2032. The three together are also called the Southern Seagull Nebula or sometimes also Dragon´s Head. The round red emission nebula on the far left is DEM 250.
The wheel-like greenish nebula in the lower right part of the image is designated as NGC 2020; a very interesting object, which after newer research is a massive star in the final stage of its life, a socalled Wolf-Rayet-Star. The large red emission nebula to its right is designated for the embedded Open Cluster NGC 2014. In the image center and around it are several more Open Clusters and nebulous structers completing the dramatic scene.

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


Object Southern Seagull Nebula
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation NGC 2032
Constellation Dorado
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/3 in corrected primary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 7 x 10min H-alpha, 5 x 10min [OIII], 3 x 5min each RGB. Baader filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar on Schneider OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing MaxIm DL5,Photoshop. Color Code L:H-alpha,R:H-alpha/R,GB:[OIII]/GB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 10 Dec 2012
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