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    Do the Funky Chicken - IC 2944 in Narrowband, 



    
        

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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

    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  ·  Takahashi flattener 1.04X Flattener 67  ·  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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    C

    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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    Do the Funky Chicken - IC 2944 in Narrowband, 



    
        

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