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Pencil Nebula: This very faint nebula is part of the huge Vela Super Nova Remnant complex. It emits light predominantly from  oxygen and hygrogen atoms, which are excited by the shockfront of the Super Nova explosion.

The image was taken at the observatory of IAS at Hakos Farm in Namibia.

Object Pencil Nebula
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation NGC 2736
Constellation Vela
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/3 in corrected primary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3 x 5min each Baader LRGB 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 LRGB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 31.3.2011
Remark I want to thank my friend Kurt Schneider for his outstanding engineering skills in preparing the OAG-adapters
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