Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Contains:  NGC 4372  ·  NGC4372  ·  The star γMus  ·  gam Mus
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Dark Doodad Nebula, 


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Dark Doodad Nebula

Imaging telescopes or lenses: SkyWatcher Esprit 120ED APO

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI094MC Pro  ·  ZWO ASI 1600MM Pro

Mounts: Software Bisque Paramount MX

Guiding telescopes or lenses: SkyWatcher Evostar 72ED

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI178MM  ·  ZWO ASI 1600MM Pro

Software: TheSkyX Pro  ·  PixInsight

Dates:June 10, 2018Oct. 1, 2019

Orion Luminance 1.25": 22x120" (gain: 139.00)
Orion Luminance 1.25": 20x300" (gain: 139.00)
OSC Camera: 34x300"

Integration: 5.2 hours

Avg. Moon age: 14.47 days

Avg. Moon phase: 12.66%

Astrometry.net job: 2991887

RA center: 12h 26' 14"

DEC center: -71° 56' 23"

Pixel scale: 1.170 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -90.786 degrees

Field radius: 1.226 degrees

Resolution: 6400x4000

Data source: Backyard


I love the name "Dark Doodad" ... for a dark nebula with no discernible everyday shape.

Repro of OSC data captured June last year, blended with mono-luminance data captured using an ASI1600. I would have liked to have teased out some more dust, but am happy with the increased image resolution.

The golden globular cluster is NGC4372, and the large blue-white star is our neighbour Gamma Muscae, only 325 light years away and spinning on its axis every 2.7 days.



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