IC 2948. The Running Chicken Nebula. A wide field image


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This is a wide field image of the Running Chicken nebula (IC 2948), that has been blended with a higher resolution image of the nebula’s core taken with the CDK 20″ (displayed here). The image has been taken with narrowband filters (only Ha and OIII; no SII frames were taken, because the High Res images had been taken without this filter) and mapped to natural color. The nebula shows high detail in its core, including the Bok globules that have made this Nebula famous (although its Bok globules were discovered by another astronomer, David Thackeray, and many people know them as “Thackeray globules”). More information about the higher resolution image can be found here.

Additional Information


Name(s): IC 2948. The Running Chicken Nebula

Type: Emission Nebula

RA:  11h 35m 47s

Dec: -63ΒΊ 11’ 06”

Constellation: Centaurus

Size (arcmin): 75×50

Magnitude: +4.5

Distance: 400 ly


Date: 2017-07-07 thru 2017-07-21

Location: iTelescope.net, SSO near Coonabarabran, NSW Australia

Size (arcmin): 170×164

Telescope: TOA 130mm f/5.5 refractor (wide field) and Planewave CDK 20” f/6.8 (core)

Camera: SBIG STX16803 (4096x4096pix) in both cases

Guiding: Astrodon MonsterMOAG off-axis guider

Total exposure: 16.6 hours (Ha: 8.5 h; OIII: 7.5 h; RGB 36 min (only stars))

Processing: CCDStack, Photoshop CC 2017

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