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RUNNING CHICKEN NEBULA

(IC 2944/2948/2672 + GUM 41/29)

Nebula Complex in Centaurus

 (Image Centered at ra: 15:35 / dec - 63 20')

 

 

 

 

February 2012, Complejo La Aldea in Villa de Merlo

San Luis, Argentina

 

 


 

DATA

TYPE: Nebula Complex Region

V mag: NA

SIZE: FOV 2 45' x 2

DISTANCE: 6000 light years

   

OBJECT DESCRIPTION AND IMAGE SESSION

In the Southern Constellation of Centaurus between the Southern Cross and the Carina Complex, lies this very large patch of emission nebula that gathers some very intriguing objects. The main structure in the center belongs to IC 2948 a bright region around Lambda Centauri (bright star middle right). Gum 41 looks like a kind of "open rose" on the top left. To the right the shapeless structure belong to IC 2872 and further right Gum 38. Because its location which is only two degrees from the Galactic Plane, the region is full of background stars.

 

Where is the Running Chicken Nebula ??

Australian Astro photographer Mike Sidonio explains where the shape comes from and places a nice plot of the Running Chicken in below link

 

http://www.pbase.com/strongmanmike2002/image/135786665

 

Thanks Mike !!

 

IMAGE INFORMATION

SCOPE: William Optics ZenithStar 66 f4.8

MOUNT: Sky Watcher NEQ6

SKY CONDITIONS: Transparency and seeing good

CAMERA: QSI 583 WS -10C

FILTERS: Baader Luminance + Astronomik Ha 6 nm

EXPOSURES: LHa (20,60)

GUIDING: Celestron SCT 8" working at f10 Starlight Xpress Lodestar Camera. PHD Guiding

PROCESSING: Images Plus (Dark substraction Sigma Median Combination); CCD Sharp; NASA Photoshop Fits Liberator, Photoshop CS