NGC 3293, NGC 3324
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.
- 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