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Eta Carinae Nebula: Would there be a better First-Light-Object in the southern sky for my STL 11000M CCD camera than splendid Eta Carinae Nebula in its full extent? The central part of the nebula is located to the right of center with the Keyhole Nebula easy to be recognized. But the turbulent emission reaches far out into space creating ever more complex structures.
On the far left lies NGC 3324, also sometimes called Gabriela Mistral Nebula.

For closer inspection of the details open the Hi-Res version, which uses a color coding of L:H-alpha, R:H-alpha/R, G, B; yielding slightly more attenuated stars.



Object Eta Carinae Nebula
Category Nebulae
Designation NGC 3372
Constellation Carina
Optics TMB 130 f/6 with Field Flattener
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 6 x 10m (1x1 bin) Astronomik H-alpha filter, 4 x 5min each (1x1 bin) Astrodon True Balance RGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark Frame
Guiding Selfguiding
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop. Color Code L:H-alpha, RGB
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 1 Feb 2009
Remark Rob Gendler´s multiple luminance layering
 
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