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Omega Centauri: This ultimate high-light of the southern sky is never ending to amaze one with its millions of stars.
Two different populations of stars (younger blue ones and older yellowish ones) together  with the recent discovery of a medium sized Black Hole within Omega Centauri seem to indicate that this object was not evolving from a cluster of densely packed stars, but from a dwarf galaxy. This was captured by Milky Way and stripped of many of its stars. But by the mutual exchange of matter also new generations of stars could have been generated.

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



Object Omega Centauri
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation NGC 5139
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 3 x 2min 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 RGB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 17 Apr 2012
 
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