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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 left of NGC 3114 is the Open Cluster Trumpler 12.

Object Open Cluster NGC 3114
Category Open Clusters
Designation NGC 3114
Constellation Carina
Optics Takahashi FSQ 106 ED f/5
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3 x 5min each RGB, Baader filter set. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar and Astro Professional 80mm f/7 as Guide Scope, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5, CCDStack, Photoshop. Color Code RGB
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 7 Feb 2013
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