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The Great Carina Nebula: This overwhelming Emission Nebula is surely the crown of the Carina Milky Way, if not of the whole Southern Sky. The central part of the nebula is located around the Keyhole Nebula and the Giant Star Eta Carinae in the center of the image. Eta Carinae, a sure Supernova candidate, and several young Open Clusters create with their strong UV radiation this three-fanned diverse nebula. One never gets tired to view the complex structures both in an image (see the Hi-Res version) or through a telescope.

Object The Great Carina Nebula
Category Nebulae
Designation NGC 3372
Constellation Carina
Optics Takahashi FSQ 106 ED f/5
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5 + EOS 5D MkII
Exposure 3x20min Baader H-alpha filter, 13x5min ISO 800 IDAS LPS filter. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar and Skywatcher ED 80 as Guide Scope, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5, DeepSkyStacker, Photoshop. Color Code L:H-alpha, R:R/H-alpha,G,B
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 12 Jan 2013
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