Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Centaurus (Cen)  ·  Contains:  IC 2944  ·  IC 2948  ·  The star λCen  ·  lambda Cen nebula
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IC2944, Running Chicken Nebula, 


IC2944, Running Chicken Nebula
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IC2944, Running Chicken Nebula

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: ORION 8" f3.9 Newtonian Astrograph

Imaging cameras: Canon DSLR Canon 60Da

Mounts: CGEM DX

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 50mm guidescope

Guiding cameras: Orion SSAG

Focal reducers: Baader Planetarium MPCC Mark III

Software: Photoshop CC  ·  Nebulosity 3.1.X  ·  PixInsight PixInsinght

Dates:April 1, 2014

Frames: 40x300" (3h 20')

Integration: 3h 20'

Avg. Moon age: 1.82 days

Avg. Moon phase: 3.69%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 301919

RA center: 11h 39' 7"

DEC center: -63° 19' 55"

Pixel scale: 2.259 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 177.268 degrees

Field radius: 0.940 degrees

Resolution: 620x410

Locations: Sutherland dark Skies, Sutherland, Northern Cape, South Africa


To image this I used the 8” Orion Astrograph and Canon 60Da. The light gathering capabilities of the scope at F/3,9 is a pleasure to work with, but left me with a very rich star field.

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IC2944, Running Chicken Nebula,