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Gabriela Mistral Nebula:Very close to the huge Eta Carinae Nebula(bottom right) is a less known but beautiful emission nebula, NGC 3324, in the center 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.

Left of 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.


Object Gabriela Mistral Nebula
Category Nebulae
Designation NGC 3324
Constellation Carina
Optics TMB 130 f/6 with Field Flattener
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 2x 20min Baader H-alpha filter, 3 x 10min each Baader RGB filterset. 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, CCDStack, Photoshop. Color Code L:Ha,R/Ha,GB
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 29 Jan 2011
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