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LDN 43 Cosmic Bat Nebula

Classification: Dark Nebula LDN43, LBN 7
Constellation: Ophiuchus (OPH)
Object Location: Ra 16h 34m 16s Dec -16° 00’56” (current) (centered)
Size & Distance: Apx .7 deg. Apx 500 light years.

Date & Location: 06-16/17-2023 Lockwood Observatory, Descanso,CA.
Exposure: LRGB 140,50,40,50 L-14x10, R-5x10, G-4x10, B-5x10, (bin 1x1)
Optics: Telescope Engineering Company APO110FL w/ TEC FF @ f/5.74, 631mm, FLI-Atlas focuser.
Mount: Astro-Physics 1100GTO-AE CP4 / ATS 10x36 Pier.
Camera: FLI-PL16803 @-25c / FLI CFW5-7 / FLI-Atlas focuser / Guided by SBIG ST-I / w OAG.
Filters: Astrodon G2 LRGB
Software: MaxImDL 6.11, Photoshop CC, CCDStack Photoshop CC, Topaz Studio.

Notes: Sky conditions: Average seeing, No wind, Temp low 50’s
Image Field of view is 194x191 arcmin. Image Scale 2.94 arcsec/pix

LBN 7 and LDN 43, The Cosmic Bat Nebula. This elusive creature is buried in the dark dust tail of the Blue Horsehead nebula IC 4592/LDN 1712 that resides is Scorpius. Somewhat small in this wide-field image.