NGC 4372 - Globular cluster and Dark Doodad Nebula in Musca

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    12" ASA: LRGB 12" ASA: LRGB - 100% crop 200mm Canon lens: DSLR image  
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© Velimir Popov & Emil Ivanov 2013

This image shows the globular cluster NGC 4372 in the constellation Musca and the northern part of the Dark Doodad - long molecular cloud appearing as dark nebula and having lenght of about three degrees. Although not officially catalogued,this object is known under this name. The globular cluster NGC 4372 is partially obscured by dust lanes, but still appears as a large object some 10 arcminutes in diameter.

Object details

Right Ascension 12:26:00 (h:m:s)
Declination -72:40:00 (deg:m:s)
Distance ~ 18.9 (кly)
Apparent Dimension 10 x 10 (arc min)

Image details


Center of field RA 12:22:24 (h:m:s)
Center of field DE -72:33:06 (deg:m:s)
Size 56.9 x 42 (arcmin)
Pixel scale: 1.03 (arcsec/pixel)
Orientation: Up is -1.03 degrees E of N
Charts and image details obtained from
Optic(s): ASA 12" f 3,6 Astrograph (ASA); Canon 60Da camera w. 200mm lenses
Mount: ASA DDM85; Meade LXD 75
Camera: FLI MicroLine 8300 CCD camera
Filters: Red, Green, Blue, Astrodon
Dates/Times: 12 May 2013
Location: Namibia-TIVOLI ASTROFARM, S 23° 27' 40,9" / E 18° 01' 02,2"
Exp. Details: L:3x10min, R:3x10min, G:3x10min, B:3x10min, Bin 1
  Total Exposure Time - 120 min
More details: Dark and flat frames reduction, HDR for the core of the cluster
Processing: PixInsight / PS
Copyright: Velimir Popov and Emil Ivanov 2013. All Rights Reserved
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