IC 2944 - Running Chicken Nebula

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The IC 2944, Running Chicken Nebula, is a nebula around Lambda Centauri. An open cluster, NGC 3766, lies nearby.

Technical Data
Optics Pentax 75 apo refractor
Focal Length
500 mm
Focal Ratio f/6.7
Exposure Time 50 min (single exp of 10 min)
Camera Canon EOS 5D with Baader filter
Location Tivoli Farm (Namibia) at 1350 m height
28 August 2011
Mount Kenko NES
Tracking Lodestar at 100 mm focal length
Temperature and humidity T= 15 °C, RH=30%
Sky brightness at zenith (with SQM-L) 21.7 mag/arcsec^2
Notes This image is a collaborative effort of the Namibia 2011 expedition. Processing: Lorenzo Comolli. Images by: Lorenzo Comolli, Luigi Fontana, Giosuè Ghioldi, Emmanuele Sordini.
Unfortunately a full hour of exposure was lost because of the camera shutting down without reason. This was the only flaw of the camera in 10 full nights of work!
The exposures were stopped when the subject was only a few degrees above horizon!

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