Eta Carinae Area

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About this Image

One of the brightest nebulas in the southern hemisphere is the Eta Carina Nebula, a huge gas and dust cloud (NGC 3372). It is situated approx. 7,500 light-years away in the constellation Carina. This wide image show many deep sky objects around the Eta Carina Nebula, the most prominent are the emission nebulas NGC 3576 and NGC 3603 (top right), NGC 3324 and NGC 3293 (bottom left) as well as the open cluster NGC3532 (center right).
North is down.

Checkout a close-up on the Eta Carina Nebula: here.

Technical Details


Canon 200mm EF-L f/2.8 stopped to f/3.5

Mount AP-400 GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M at -25C, internal filter wheel
Filters Astronomik RGB, H-alpha, (15 nm)
Date May 20-21, 2006.
Location Hakos/Namibia
Sky Conditions mag 7, high transparency, temperature 5 C,
Exposure Ha:R:G:B = 80:15:15:15 minutes (10-minute sub-exposures for H-alpha, 5 min for RGB),
all 1x1.
Processing Image aquisition, calibration and color synthesis in Maxim DL 4.11;
Photoshop: curves, mild unsharp mask, color balance, star color handling, Ha additionally used as 40% L channel;