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Eta Carinae Nebula-Wide Field: Although I have photographed this most beautiful of all Southern Sky Nebulae already several times, this image now displays the full extent of the phantastic nebular structures, created by the extremely bright radiation of the variable giant star Eta Carinae and some young star clusters in the center of the image.

Object Eta Carinae Nebula-Wide Field
Category Nebulae
Designation NGC 3372
Constellation Carina
Optics Takahashi FSQ 106 ED f/5 x 0.73 reducer
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 6 x 20min Baader H-alpha filter, 10 x 5min each Astrodon True Balance RGB filters. Maxim DL for image acquisition.
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding Selfguiding
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop. Color Code L(H-alpha), R(H-alpha/R),G,B
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 15+16 Jan 2010
Remark The dense star background has been attenuated to better display the nebular structures
 
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