IC 2948 Lambda Centauri Nebula, IC 2944, IC 2872, Gum 39, Gum 41; Centaurus
Astro-Physics 155 EDF (155TCC) f/5.4 refractor
KAF-16803; FLI Proline
Total Exposure Time: 23.5+ Hours; SHO:RGB 420:240:705:21:18:21 minutes, SII and H-a unbinned. OIII 165 minutes binned x 2, the remainder unbinned. RGB used for star colors only.
May 2009; RDO, Moorook, AU
Comments: This grouping of nebulae are often referred to as The Running Chicken Nebula, but I can not see the chicken! This orientation (see below) is as close to the running chicken as I can guess -- wing up, foot forward and head with beak top right. This seems to be corroborated by this site. Anyway, no matter which way you see the chicken I think it is a pretty region of the sky! Note the small bluish planetary nebula PK294-00 1 just left of the "wing".