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Contains:  NGC 4372, The star γMus
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Dark Doodad Nebula, 


Dark Doodad Nebula

Dark Doodad Nebula

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:SkyWatcher Esprit 120ED APO

Imaging camera:ZWO ASI094MC Pro

Mount:Software Bisque Paramount MX

Guiding telescope or lens:William Optics 50mm Guide Scope

Guiding camera:ZWO ASI290MM


Resolution: 6400x4000

Dates:June 10, 2018

Frames: 34x300"

Integration: 2.8 hours

Avg. Moon age: 25.83 days

Avg. Moon phase: 14.74% job: 2991887

RA center: 12h 26' 13"

DEC center: -71° 56' 24"

Pixel scale: 1.170 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 91.006 degrees

Field radius: 1.226

Data source: Backyard


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

Repro of data captured June last year, as I await some rare clear nights. It could probably do with some Luminance subs to bring out more dust, but I'm happy for now just to have improved my processing workflow.

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



License: Attribution Creative Commons

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Dark Doodad Nebula,