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Gabriela Mistral Nebula:Very close to the huge Eta Carinae Nebula lies a less known but beautiful emission nebula, NGC 3324, bottom-right  of this image. It is also named after the Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral, whose facial outline is thought to resemble the  sharp nebula boundary (looking up in this image) of the nebula.The radiation of some very bright young stars makes the hydrogen gas glow red.

In the center of the image one of the most beautiful and bright open clusters of the southern sky is also displayed, NGC 3293. It is embedded in a wonderful refletion nebula, shining blue in front of the background of emission and dark nebulae.


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

Object Gabriela Mistral Nebula
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation NGC 3324
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 5min 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, Photoshop. Color Code RGB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 17 Apr 2012
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