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Cometary Globule CG4 "The Hand of God" - David Malin Award, APOD 1st Sept 2008

** 2008 David Malin Awards winner - Honorable Mention (Amateur Deep Sky) **

** NASA Astronomical Picture Of The Day (APOD) 1st September 2008 **

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This region of very faint nebulosity and dust in Puppis is often referred to as
"The Hand of God" and only reveals itself well with long expoures like this one.
Although faint, with long exposure the resulting display of colours and hues is quite
spectacular. This image was compiled from 16 hrs of data taken over 4 nights.

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See a close up of the "Hand of God" here:

AP152 F7.5 Starfire APO refractor with 4" field flattener
FLI ProLine11002 CCD & CFW-2-7
LHaRGB = 5hrs 8hrs 1hr 1hr 1hr = 16hrs total (all bin 1X1) Astronomik filters
-35C chip temp, darks and flats (AstroHandy LightRing used for flats)
12MPPS download speed = 1.5sec/full frame download at bin 1X1.
FOV = 1.8deg X 1.2deg at 1.6"/pix
Guide Camera: Starlightxpress SXVH9

Taken over 4 nights with my set-up and pull-down imaging rig:

Some links to equipment used to take this image:

Finger Lakes Instrumentation (FLI) CCD cameras and equipment:

StarlightXpress CCD cameras and equipment

Astro-Elecronic FS2 scope GOTO controller

Gerd Neumann/Astronomik filters

MSB Software & Astroart 4

STAR Atlas:PRO planetarium software:

AstroHandy Accessories

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SmartmilToys.com12-Nov-2016 08:30
Really amazing work from David Malin Award!
dr mork10-Apr-2013 08:07
Wow. This is a masterpiece!