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Nebulae :: RCW80



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         Object RCW80
         Comment Residing is the rich star fields of the constellation Centaurus, RCW80 (aka Gum 48d) is a HII region ionised by the supergiant HR 5171B. The nebula's structure takes the form of a shock wave bow caused by violent interstellar winds. RCW80 is part of a much larger cloud complex located in the Centaurus spiral arm and is a highly active star forming region. The open cluster NGC5281 shines brilliantly at top right of the presented image. RCW80 resides approximately 11,500 light years away.

Image is a [Ha+R]GB composite.
         Optics RCOS 12.5" F/9 (2874mm FL)
         Camera Apogee Alta F16M - 1x1 bin (image scale: .65 arcsec/pix)
         Mount Software Bisque Paramount ME
         Exposure Total exposure time: 12 hours
         Date June 2014


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