The Three Crosses: The most famous orientation mark in the southern sky is the Southern Cross, close to it one of the most remarkable dark nebula, the Coal Sack. Another cross-like arrangement of stars nearby is the so called False Cross, because it is sometimes mistaken for the Southern Cross. But there is a third cross, to make the confusion complete, the Diamond Cross.

This photograph shows all three crosses with indication lines and more than that gives a brilliant impression of one of the brightest parts of our Milky Way in the constellation of Carina. In the center of the image majestic Eta Carinae Nebula, further down to the right Running Chicken Nebula.

Object The Three Crosses
Category Constellations
Designation The Three Crosses
Constellation Crux, Carina
Optics Sigma Zoom Lens 18-125 @ 23mm f/5.6
Mount Meade LXD 75
Camera Hutech modified Canon 30D
Exposure 10 x ISO 1600-3min, IDAS LPS filter
Calibration Dark Frame
Guiding Manual
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Mount Ceder, South Africa - 9 Jan 2008
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