In the deep southern constellations of Musca, the Fly, in the upper left corner, and Chamaeleon, in the bottom of the image no stars shine brightly. But deep exposures reveal intriguing clouds of dust and gas - features in the threshold of faintness – the Chamaeleon complex and the Musca Molecular Cloud. Processing the delicate details of the extraordinarily faint dark nebulae and the dense starfield, and the gradient modelling (a critical step) in such a busy field is very challenging! However, I was surprised with the result – mostly made with photographic equipment (unmodded DSLR and lens), in an entry-level unguided mount [EQ3-2] - quite modest and relatively affordable equipment! Total ~5h integration.
I really liked some subtle color pop out of the dark cirrus and IFN. Such a beautiful field is rarely imaged - mostly due to its -80º declination.
A more complete description in on AstroBin => https://astrob.in/411064/0/
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Clear skies to all