Running Chicken Nebula, featuring l Centauri, IC 2944 and IC 2948
A Milky Way star field located around l Centauri and the young cluster IC 2948. It has the appearance of a "Running Chicken" with l Centauri forming the eye and nebulosity making the beak, mouth and comb. Of special interest to cosmologists are the dark dust globules which superimpose onto the emission nebula, IC 2944 (distance ~6000ly).
|Camera:||SBIG STL11000M, Astrodon filters||Scope:||Takahashi FS128 telescope @ f8.1, fl ~1040mm (fov ~1.8°x1.4°)|
|Mount:||Intes-Micro Alter D6||Guiding:||internal|
|Filters/Exposures:||R:G:B = 4x10:4x10:4x10min ≡ 2h00m||Location:||LMDSS Heathcote, Victoria, Australia|
|Date:||May 2009||Processing:||CCDStack2 and Photoshop CS5 (re-processed Sept 2014)|