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Do the Funky Chicken - IC 2944 in Narrowband

Image of the day 03/14/2021

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Do the Funky Chicken - IC 2944 in Narrowband

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi TOA-130 APO Refractor

Imaging cameras: QSI 6162 monochrome

Mounts: Takahashi NJP Temma-2

Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar Off Axis Guider

Focal reducers: Takahashi 67-FL flattener

Software: Adobe Photoshop 2020  ·  Topaz Denoise DeNoise  ·  Nik Software, Inc. Nik Filters

Filters: Chroma OIII 3nm O3  ·  Chroma Ha 5nm Chroma Ha  ·  Chroma SII 5nm Chroma SII

Accessory: Stellarmate Raspberry Pi-4  ·  Kendrick Standard Dual Channel Controller


Dates:March 1, 2021

Frames:
Chroma Ha 5nm Chroma Ha: 21x900"
Chroma SII 5nm Chroma SII: 12x900"
Chroma OIII 3nm O3: 10x900"

Integration: 10.8 hours

Avg. Moon age: 17.13 days

Avg. Moon phase: 93.78%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 6.00


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4270176


Resolution: 4045x3174

Locations: Burwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Data source: Backyard

Description

in 1969 Rufus Thomas wrote -
"You flap your arms and your feet start kicking
Then you know you doin' the funky chicken"
Which is possibly what the guys at the AAO were doing when they named this the 'Running Chicken' nebula!

I've presented versions here with and without stars, as I'm still waiting for the clouds to clear to capture some RGB ones.

6 Hrs HA x 900sec
2 Hrs O3 x 900 sec
3 Hrs S2 x 900 Sec
Taken via Stellarmate while sleeping from my light polluted suburban Backyard in Melbourne, Australia.

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Description: IC 2944 Starless version

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Description: Version with RGB stars added. Given my LP conditions I used 20 x short 2min subs each Chroma RG&B. For those interested in the technique used, to boost the star colour "naturally" in PS I changed modes from RGB to LAB colour, then adjusted the curves in Channel B, which only affects Blues & Yellows, then back to RGB for the overlay in PS using 'screen' blend mode.

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