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24-APR-2018 Press F11 for a Full Screen view

The Dark Doodad in Musca

The Dark Doodad Nebula drifts through southern skies, in the constellation Musca, The Fly. The dusty
cosmic cloud is seen against rich star fields just south of the Southern Cross. Stretching for about
3 degrees the Dark Doodad is joined in this wide field scene by globular star cluster NGC 4372. NGC 4372
is located in the more distant halo of our Milky Way Galaxy, a background object some 20,000 light-years
away and only by chance along our line-of-sight to the Dark Doodad. The Dark Doodad belongs to the Musca
molecular cloud and is around 700 light-years distant and over 30 light-years long.

Takahashi FSQ106EDX4
FLI Proline 16803, CFW-5-7, Robofocus
LRGB = 330 70 70 70min = 9hrs 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 two nights on 17 and 23 April 2018, ave seeing, poor transparency

Equipment setup:

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