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 The Seagull Nebula 
NGC 2327
SH2-92/VdB 93
NGC 2335
NGC 2343
VdB 95

A broad expanse of glowing gas and dust presents a bird-like visage to astronomers from planet Earth, suggesting its popular moniker - The Seagull Nebula. This portrait of the cosmic bird covers a 1.6 degree wide swath across the plane of the Milky Way, near the direction of Sirius, alpha star of the constellation Canis Major. Of course, the region includes objects with other catalog designations: notably NGC 2327, a compact, dusty emission region with an embedded massive star that forms the bird's head (aka the Parrot Nebula, above center). IC 2177 forms the sweeping arc of the seagull's wings. Dominated by the reddish glow of atomic hydrogen, the complex of gas and dust clouds with bright young stars spans over 100 light-years at an estimated 3,800 light-year distance [Text from APOD]

Optics: Takahashi FSQ-106EDXIII F/5 530mm. - APO Refractor
Mount: AP Mach1 GTO
Camera: QSI-683WSG
Filters: Astrodon E Series Gen II LRGB 31mm - Ha 5nm
Guiding Systems: SX Lodestar
Dates/Times: 10 March 2012
Location: Pragelato - Turin - Italy
Exposure Details: H:R:G:B => 100:25:25:25 = > (5x20):(5x5):(5x5):(5x5) All Bin1 [num x minutes]
Cooling Details: -25 C
Acquisition: Maxim DL/CCD, Perseus
Processing: CCDStack2+, PixInsight, PS CS5
Mean FWHM: 3.98
SQM-L: 20.77