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Wishing Well Cluster: This cluster is one of the most magnificent of all the wonderful Open Clusters in the southern skies. It lies very close to Eta Carinae  and can be recognized with unsupported eyes at a dark night. In a low power telescope or even better with binoculars it is an unforgettable sight with its extended shape. Hundreds of differently colored stars never end to amaze one.

The image was taken at the observatory of IAS at Hakos Farm in Namibia.



Object Wishing Well Cluster
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation NGC 3532
Constellation Carina
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/3 in corrected primary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 5 x 3min each RGB, Baader filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar on Schneider OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop. Color Code RGB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 16 Apr 2012
 
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