NGC 4372 and Dark Doodad

Size: 2000 px
© Velimir Popov & Emil Ivanov 2013

The Dark Doodad Nebula is a dark nebula located near the globular cluster NGC 4372 in the constellation Musca,and having a length of nearly three degrees. The NGC 4372 is partially obscured by dust lanes, but still appears as a large object some 10 arcseconds in diameter. Although officially unnamed, this long molecular cloud has come to be known under this name. It consists of regions of dense gas and dust. This cloud is one of the closest star forming regions to the solar system. Alan Whitman, describes this as "one of the finest dark nebulae-one that is wonderful, winding, and very definite". Text adapted from Wikipedia

Image details


Center of field RA 12:31:23 (h:m:s)
Center of field DE -71:34:12 (deg:m:s)
Size 6.57 x 4.38 (deg)
Pixel scale: 12.4 (arcsec/pixel)
Orientation: Up is -82.6 degrees E of N
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Optic(s): 200 mm Canon lens @ 2.8
Mount: Meade LX75
Camera: Canon 60 Da
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Dates/Times: 12 May 2013
Location: Namibia-TIVOLI ASTROFARM, S 23° 27' 40,9" / E 18° 01' 02,2"
Exp. Details: 20 x 2min - Total Exposure Time - 80 min
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Processing: PixInsight / PS
Copyright: Velimir Popov and Emil Ivanov 2013. All Rights Reserved
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