The Coalsack dark nebula in Crux is an apparently massive and dense complex of dust and gas visible only in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s a mind-blowing sight to see in dark skies, and appears as a gaping hole in the Milky Way, bordered closely by the beautiful constellation of Crux, or the Southern Cross.
Captured on a recent astrophotography trip 2014-03-30 in the Karoo Desert of South Africa, near the small town of Sutherland.
Calibrated with dark, flat, and bias frames
Canon 5D Mark II, unmodified
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens (at f/3.2 135mm)
Celestron CG5-ASGT, unguided
Data acquired with BackyardEOS
Calibrated, aligned, and integrated with PIxInsight
Post-processed with PixInsight and Lightroom