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Eta Carinae-Center: The central part of the extended Eta Carinae complex is here displayed in high resolution with a 20" Cassegrain telescope. It is a breath taking sight how the radiation from the giant binary star Eta Carinae(more than 100 times the size of the sun), a varying star and prominent Super Nova candidate, creates beautiful complex structures, including the Key Hole Nebula in the center. Several Open Clusters of young stars are also well resolved which also take part in exciting the surrounding gas to emit radiation,

A Hubble Space Telescope picture of the direct environment of Eta Carinae shows the dramatic final life stage  of this giant star.

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

Object Eta Carinae Nebula-Center
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation NGC 3372
Constellation Carina
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 20min Baader H-alpha filter, 3 x 10min each Baader RGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark Frame
Guiding Selfguiding
Processing Maxim DL5, CCDStack, Photoshop. Color Code L:H-alpha,R,G,B
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 12+19 Apr 2010
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