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CG4. The Hand of God, 


            Russ Carpenter
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CG4. The Hand of God

Technical card

Dates:March 4, 2019

Frames: 15x600" bin 0x0

Integration: 2.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 27.60 days

Avg. Moon phase: 4.17% job: 2643759

RA center: 7h 34' 3"

DEC center: -46° 58' 2"

Pixel scale: 0.955 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -179.897 degrees

Field radius: 0.454 degrees

Resolution: 2669x2135

Data source: Amateur hosting facility

Remote source: ChileScope


Here is one of the stranger objects in the Southern Hemisphere—CG4, commonly known as the Hand of God. I think it looks more like the Loch Ness monster, about to chomp the innocent galaxy ESO 257-19.

Cometary globulars were first discovered in 1979. CG4 and several companion CGs generally point away from the Vela supernova remnant. A few amateurs have imaged CG4, but this is officially a rare object.

Tech Notes

ASA Newtonian, 500 mm aperture, 1900mm focal length, F3.6
FLI Proline 16803, 9 mm pixel, 4096 X 4096
ASA DDM85 equatorial mount
Processing with PixInsight and Affinity Photo



Russ Carpenter
License: None (All rights reserved)

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CG4. The Hand of God, 


            Russ Carpenter