Eta Carinae Nebula Central Part: The central part of the extended Eta Carinae complex is here displayed with higher resolution. It is a breath taking sight how the radiation from the giant star Eta Carinae(more than 100 times the size of the sun), a dying star and prominent Super Nova candidate, creates beautiful complex structures including the Key Hole Nebula in the center. Several Open Clusters of young stars are also well resolved.

A Hubble Space Telescope picture of the direct environment of Eta Carinae shows the dramatic final life stage  of this giant star.

Object Eta Carinae Nebula Central Part
Category Nebulae
Designation NGC 3372
Constellation Carina
Optics Meade LX 200 GPS 10 inch f/10
Mount Astro Physics 900 GTO
Camera QHY8/ALccd 6c
Exposure 14 x 2min, IDAS LPS filter, Maxim DL for Capturing
Calibration No
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and TMB 130 as Guide Scope, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 12 Feb 2008
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