Southern Ring Nebula: NGC 3132 in the Southern constellation Antlia is a rather bright Planetary Nebula with a beautiful ring structure similar to the Ring Nebula in the Northern Sky. It was discovered by John Herschel in 1835 and has a distance of about 2000 LY. The dying star creating the rings is the star in the center.

The image was taken at the IAS astronomical site at the Hakos farm in Namibia.



Object Planetary Nebula NGC 3132
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation NGC 3132
Constellation Vela
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/9 in corrected secondary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 2 x 10min L, 2 x 5min(bin 2x2) each Astrodon LRGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark Frame
Guiding Selfguiding
Processing Maxim DL5, CCDStack, Photoshop. Color Code L,R,G,B
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 16 Apr 2010
 
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