The Bat Nebula - IC 2948
H-a  image in false color
Click on the image to go to an explanation of the dark globules in the nebula.
This CCD image on the top was taken with an SBIG ST8E camera with a H-alpha filter.  It is the combination of six, five-minute exposures.  The images were processed using Mira, CCDSharp, MaxIm DL and Photoshop.  My friend Ray Gralak provided critical help and advice with the processing.  This nebula is part of a larger complex with the other major section labeled IC 2944.  The image was taken from Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. 
It was shot through an AP 5" f/6.