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 NGC1788 Area - Cometary Cloud 
NGC 1788
LDN 1615/1616
OS 2 Remnant Molecular Cloud
PGC 16638

Shape of Woman

In this Area:
The dusty dark nebula to the right of NGC 1788 is LDN 1615, along with LDN 1616, which is a part of NGC 1788, together they form a cometary cloud. The large dusty globu le to the south is a remnant molecular cloud called OS 2. It is one of 85 remnant molecular clouds catalogued by the Japanese astronomers Katsuo Ogura and Koji Sugitani in 1998. [Text and object recognition from a courtesy of Sakib Rasool]

The delicate nebula NGC 1788 (called "The Cosmic Bat" or "The Foxface Nebula") is located in a dark and often neglected corner of the Orion constellation. Although this ghostly cloud is rather isolated from Orion's bright stars, their powerful winds and light have a strong impact on the nebula, forging its shape and making it a home to a multitude of infant suns. [Text from ESO]

Optics: Takahashi FSQ-106EDXIII F/3.6 383mm. - APO Refractor
Mount: AP Mach1 GTO
Camera: ATIK 4000LE with SX USB Filter Wheel
Filters: Baader LRGB 2"
Guiding Systems: SX OAG with SX Lodestar
Dates/Times: 17 December 2011
Location: Castelmagno - Cuneo - Italy
Exposure Details: H:R:G:B => 120:20:20:20 = > (4x30):(2x10):(2x10):(2x10) All Bin1 [num x minutes]
Cooling Details: -20 C
Acquisition: Maxim DL/CCD, Perseus
Processing: CCDStack2+, PixInsight, PS CS2
Mean FWHM: 3.88
SQM-L: 21.22