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Date: 20/04/2012


Name:   Running Chicken Nebula - NGC 2944 


This imagine was taken whilst at Watson's Way Country Stay which is N/E of Mukinbudin in Western Australia.



IC 2944, also known as the Running Chicken Nebula or the Lambda Cen Nebula, is an open cluster with an associated emission nebula found in the constellation Centaurus, near the star Lambda Centauri. It features Bok globules which are frequently a site of active star formation. However, no evidence for star formation has been found in any of the globules in IC 2944.


Location: Watson's Way Stacking Mode:  Mosaic
Camera: Canon 20D - LP Filter Removed Alignment Method:  Automatic
Optics: Skywatcher ED80. Stacking Mode:  Mosaic
Exposure: 800ASA @  5 Minutes x 20 RGB BKG Cal:  Yes
Total Exposure:    1 hr 40 mins Per Channel Cal:  No
Guiding: DSI on Mead LX200R. Method:  Median Kappa-Sigma K=2/I=5
Filter: Astronomik UV-IR-Block Darks:  No
Focus: Bahtinov Mask Flat:  No
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Position in Sky

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RA (J2000):     11h 36m Levels, Colour Balance, Curves, Saturation Scaling, jpeg Conversion.
DEC (J2000):  -63* 2. '
Constellation:  Centaurus
Distance: 6,000  Light Years