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Galactic Nebulae NGC 3247 and NGC 3199: West of the brilliant Eta Carinae Nebula one can find this rarely photographed Open Cluster with a faint emission nebula NGC 3247, which was discovered by John Herschel in 1834. It is displayed in the center of this image with its rather distorted and torn structure.

On the right hand side another interesting object can be seen, the Wolf-Rayet nebula NGC 3199. It is created by the radiation and particle winds of an extremely hot star in the center of the crescent shaped shock waves.

Object Galactic Nebulae NGC 3247 and NGC 3199
Category Nebulae
Designation NGC 3247,3199
Constellation Carina
Optics TMB 130 f/6 with Field Flattener
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 6 x 20min Baader H-alpha filter, 3 x 10min each Baader RGB filter set. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar and Skywatcher ED 80 as Guide Scope, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 5 Jan 2010
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