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Open Cluster NGC 3114: In the center of this image NGC 3114 is displayed against a rich Carina Milky Way background. The two bright stars are not belonging to the assembly of mag 7-14 stars, they are located in the foreground, although they contribute significantly to the beauty of the object when observed through binoculars.It resembles somewhat a spiral or pinwheel or an outstreched hand, whatever the imagination demands.

The little sparkling cluster in the lower left corner is the Open Cluster Trumpler 12.

The image was taken at the observatory of IAS at Hakos Farm in Namibia.


Object Open Cluster NGC 3114
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation NGC 3114
Constellation Carina
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/3 in corrected primary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3 x 2min each RGB, Baader filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar on Schneider OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing MaxIm DL5, CCDStack, Photoshop. Color Code RGB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 3 Dec 2013
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