The Eta Carina Nebula, NGC 3372

- a gem of the southern skies. A huge cloud of gas and dust illuminated by the blue supergiant h Carinae (middle of field), one of the most massive stars known in our galaxy. An area rich in young star clusters and dark, dusty nebulae. Just above h Carinae is the Keyhole Nebula. Distance is 7,500 ly. Here's an image taken in Ha.

 

Camera: SBIG STL11000M, Astrodon filters Scope: Takahashi FS-128, f=1040mm, f8.1 (fov ~2.3x1.4)
Mount: Intes-Micro Alter D6 Guiding: internal
Filters/Exposures: Ha:R:G:B = 70:20:20:20min2h10m Location: Elwood (Ha) and LMDSS Heathcote, Victoria, Australia
Date: - Processing: CCDStack2 and Photoshop CS5 (reprocessed Feb 2015)