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Chamaeleon Molecular Cloud

This field of very faint dusty molecular material is part of the much larger Chamaeleon
Molecular Cloud that fills the constellation of Chameleon and beyond, in the far southern sky.

Takahashi FSQ106EDX4
FLI Proline 16803, CFW-5-7, Robofocus
LRGB = 660 120 120 120min = 17hrs total exposure (bin 1X1)
New Deep-Sky RGB Astronomik filters
-30C chip temp, dark frames and flats (using Aurora Flat Field Panel) applied
Focal length 530mm, FOV = 4deg X 4deg
Image scale 3.5"/pix
Guide Camera: Starlightxpress Lodestar

Data collected over 4 nights, 16 & 18 Jan and 7 & 14 Feb 2018, good seeing, good transparency

Equipment setup:

Some links to equipment used to take this image:

StarlightXpress CCD Cameras and imaging equipment

Finger Lakes Instrumentation CCD cameras:

Astro Shop (Aus)

Astro-Elecronic FS2 scope GOTO controller:

Gerd Neumann and Astronomik filters:

MSB Software & Astroart 5

Catseye Collimation

STAR Atlas:PRO planetarium software:

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Sakib 18-Feb-2018 17:19
Well you've got some large PN that could be imaged at widefield scale. :-)
strongmanmike200217-Feb-2018 23:10
Gone from one extreme, imaging small PN's, to the other... fields 64 times the size of the full moon!.... :-)
Sakib 17-Feb-2018 19:44
Nice! This encompasses the Chamaeleon II and Chamaeleon III complexes! The dwarf galaxy near the bright star is IC 3104. You should do the Chamaeleon I complex, which includes IC 2631 and others.