Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Centaurus (Cen)  ·  Contains:  IC 2872  ·  IC 2944  ·  IC 2948  ·  The star λCen  ·  lam Cen Nebula
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IC 2944 - The Running Chicken - 9 Image Mosaic in Narrow Band, 



    
        

            Ian Parr
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IC 2944 - The Running Chicken - 9 Image Mosaic in Narrow Band

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            Ian Parr
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IC 2944 - The Running Chicken - 9 Image Mosaic in Narrow Band

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: TeleVue NP127is

Imaging cameras: QSI 690 wsg-8

Mounts: Paramount MyT

Guiding telescopes or lenses: TeleVue NP127is

Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2

Software: Autopano Giga  ·  PixInsight 1.8.5  ·  TheSkyX-Pro  ·  Seqence Generator Pro  ·  PHD 2  ·  Photoshop CS5

Filters: Astronomik SII  ·  Astronomik OIII 1.25" 12nm  ·  Astronomik HA

Accessory: Optec Pyxis Camera Field Rotator 2"


Dates:June 19, 2020

Frames: 118x300"

Integration: 9.8 hours

Avg. Moon age: 27.80 days

Avg. Moon phase: 3.33%


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3622236

RA center: 11h 34' 57"

DEC center: -63° 16' 58"

Pixel scale: 1.133 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 90.149 degrees

Field radius: 1.613 degrees


Resolution: 8003x6402

Data source: Backyard

Description

What I really like about this object are the trail of small dark globules suspended in front of the core. This is quite a large image composed of 9 frames of 5 minute subs in the Hubble Pallet using SII, HA and OIII filters. Imaging mosaics can be a handful as it can take weeks to complete and conditions, in particular humidity, can vary a lot so balancing the subs can be a pain.
I will also post the OIII only as I find it is the stand-out filter for capturing extended nebulosity and detail.

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IC 2944 - The Running Chicken - 9 Image Mosaic in Narrow Band, 



    
        

            Ian Parr