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

On the right hand side 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
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera QHY8/ALccd 6c
Exposure 20 x 5min IDAS LPS filter, 19 x 10min Astronomik Ha filter, Maxim DL for Capturing
Calibration No
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and TMB 80 as Guide Scope. Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop, Color Coding L(Ha), R(Ha+R/LPS), G(LPS), B(LPS)
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 11+12 Jan 2008
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