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Eta Carinae-Center: The central part of the extended Eta Carinae complex is here displayed in high resolution with a 20" Ritchey-Chretien telescope. It is a breath taking sight how the radiation from the giant binary star Eta Carinae(more than 100 times the size of the sun), a varying 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 which also take part in exciting the surrounding gas to emit radiation,

The image was taken at the IAS astronomical site at the Hakos farm in Namibia.

Object Eta Carinae - Center
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation NGC 3372
Constellation Carina
Optics Alluna-RC20 Ritchey-Chretien 20 inch f/6 with Reducer
Mount 10 Micron GM4000HPS
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal filter wheel CFW 5
Exposure 3x5min RGB each, 3x10min H-alpha, O3 Baader filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Darkframe
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar with OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing MaxIm DL6, Photoshop. Color Code L=Halpha, Halpha/R,GB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 17 Dec 2017
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