Chameleon III - Molecular clouds in the constellation Chameleon

The Chameleon III molecular cloud complex is located only a few degrees east of the better known Chameleon I dark clouds. Different from this one, the Chameleon III dark cloud shows no signs of active star formation.

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Optics: Williams Optic RedCat 51
Aperture: 51 mm
Focal Length: 250 mm
Camera: ASI 071 MC
Exposure: 72 x 600 s
Location: Chamaeleon Observatory, Onjala Lodge, Namibia
Processing: Nebulosity, Registar, Regim, Photoshop
Diameter:55 Lichtjahre
Distance:520 Lichtjahre
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