NGC 3293, NGC 3324

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NGC 3293, NGC 3324
Éder Iván
NGC 3293
NGC 3293

NGC 3293 is a brillant open cluster at the upper part of the image. At magnitude 4 it is easily visible by the naked eye. NGC 3324 is an emission nebula lying 7200 light years away, it is a round shaped giant star forming region at the bottom of the image. These beautiful objects are located very close to the famous Eta Carinae Nebula (NGC3324 is also visible on this image), so they are a bit hidden by the popularity of that giant neighbour.

I decided to take an image of these beauties in the same field of view in 2012, but that project has been failed due to several reasons. I had to wait until 2014, when I was able to shoot it again with much better result shown here.

Image details

200/750 Newton, Paracorr Type-II (860mm effective focal length)
QSI 683 WSG-8
SkyWatcher EQ6 + Boxdörfer DynoStar
Off axis, Lacerta-MGen autoguider + Mgen2Maxim
Exposure time, filters:
2h 30m (L: 6x10, R: 3x10, G: 3x10, B: 3x10)
Location, date:
Hakos astrofarm, Namibia (1835m); 2014.04.25.
Observing conditions:
Transparency: 9/10, Seeing: 8/10
ImagesPlus, Registar, Photoshop

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