Eta Carinae Nebula (NGC 3372)

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The Eta Carinae Nebula lies 7500 light years away in the constellation Carina. At it's heart is the star Eta Carinae, a supermassive star of over 100 solar masses. The nebula itself is over 7 times larger than the Great Orion Nebula (M42) and is approximately 250 light years across.

Full Resolution: www.pbase.com/gailmarc/image/142259284/original

This is 7.3 hour LHaRGB image (30, 210, 60, 80, 60 minutes). All subs were unbinned. Ha, (L, R, G) and B subs were 30, 5 and 10 mins respectively.

FOV is 2.35 x 1.56 deg @ 2.21 arcsec/pixel.

Takahashi TOA-150 refractor @ F5.5 (FL=825mm) on a Paramount ME, SBIG STL 11000M camera and Takahashi 645 Super Reducer.

pwiaau, space the final frontier, and 24 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. astrometry.net 37 months ago | reply

    Hello, this is the blind astrometry solver. Your results are:
    (RA, Dec) center:(161.046857818, -59.8170477669) degrees
    (RA, Dec) center (H:M:S, D:M:S):(10:44:11.246, -59:49:1.372)
    Orientation:135.16 deg E of N

    Pixel scale:2.19 arcsec/pixel

    Parity:Reverse ("Left-handed")
    Field size :2.33 x 1.55 degrees

    Your field contains:
    NGC 3372 / eta Car nebula

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  2. simonjchristopher 37 months ago | reply

    This is simply stunning

  3. the3dwizard 37 months ago | reply

    All I can say is WOW!

  4. marc4darkskies 37 months ago | reply

    Thanks guys, glad you liked it!

  5. BlackDiamond17 37 months ago | reply

    Simply stunning :-)

  6. Linden O Dhuthaich MhicAoidh 27 months ago | reply

    im always amazed by just how enormous a space these photographs show. I rarely take photos with a distance range more than a few hundred metres, this photo is staggeringly mind blowing

  7. ShoulderOps 26 months ago | reply

    That is a superb image. Fantastic.

  8. lefevre2 25 months ago | reply

    Wow! Amazing image. Makes me want to learn how to do this.

  9. 76doublebass 6 months ago | reply

    Hello Marc. I am getting ready to image from "Down Under" using itelescope.net starting next month. I like their CDK 700 27.5 inch Planewave, but will need to find the right scope to get this huge FOV in Eta Carina. I see you used much Ha. I will try and use this filter a lot when trying out this object. As you may know their scopes are expensive to use,but I like your formula for imaging this and will be posting image from this scope on flickr next month.

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