In the small constellation Corona Australis (Southern Crown) lies a 42 light-years away reflection nebula. It is the nearest region where new stars are formed. This nebula complex was photographed by me on August 3, 2011 at 23:30 UT. Afterwards, the positioning of this area could be better. Also visible is a Globulair starcluster called NGC 6723. Location: Hakos Guest Farm Namibia.
Picture: Corona Australis cloudcomplex
Mount: AstroTrac Travel Mount with head EH 3010
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: Canon EF 200 mm F 2.8 type L lens.
Accessories: TC 80N3 timer controller,
Location: Hakos Guestfarm, Namibia (16.3 east, 23.3 south)
Software: Canon Digital Photo Processing, Registax5, Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro X12)
Description: Stack of 4 images (RAW): in total 9.2 minutes. ISO 1250, F 3.2
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