NGC 3372 – ETA CARINAE NEBULA
Location (ra: 10:43,8/ dec -59:52)
TYPE: Bright Emission and Reflection Nebula.
VISUAL MAGNITUDE: n/a
SIZE: image 40 x 30 arc minutes.
DISTANCE: 10,000 light years.
The Eta Carinae Nebula is one of the largest region of ionized hydrogen gas in our Galaxy. Expanded in a distance of 260 light years it has seven times the size of the Orion Nebula. The photograph only shows a partial view of the complex. The Nebula has produced the Star Eta Carina which is among of the most massive and luminous star in our Milky Way. NGC 3372 present us its generous detail and regions formed of bright and dark interstellar matter. The brightest part is the Keyhole Nebula and the Homunkulus Nebula around Eta Carinae (not visible in the image)
The Eta Carinae Nebula was discovered by Abble Lacaille during his 2-year journey to the Cape of Good Hope in 1751/1752
SCOPE: Synta 6 Newtonian, LXD 75 Mount
SKY CONDITIONS: transparency poor, seeing good
CAMERA: Starlight Xpress SXVF H9
FILTERS: Astronomik Type II
EXPOSSURES: LHaRGB (2,5,5,5,5)
IMAGE ACQUISITION: Astro Art. CCD Control Plug in Interface version 3.72
DATE: January 2009
PROCESSED: Images Plus, (luminance Synthetic Sigma Average combination with LRGB), CCD Sharp, Photoshop CS2
6 " Newtonian
New 2" Focuser
The 6" Telescope with WO ZenithStar 66 acting as a guide scope