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Contains:  IC 2581, NGC 3247
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NGC 3247, 


            Russ Carpenter
NGC 3247

NGC 3247

Technical card

Resolution: 2985x2945

Dates:March 25, 2019

Frames: 15x600"

Integration: 2.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 19.57 days

Avg. Moon phase: 76.07% job: 2784182

RA center: 156.334 degrees

DEC center: -57.759 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.963 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 89.721 degrees

Field radius: 0.561 degrees

Data source: Amateur hosting facility

Remote source: ChileScope


Here is NGC 3247, also known as GUM 29 and RCW 49. The open cluster in the blue blob of OIII is Westerlund 2. Apparently, the nebula’s common name is the “Whirling Dervish.” This image uses the OSH palette.

NGC 3247 is rarely imaged. I haven’t found any other published professional or amateur images like this one.

Tech Notes:
ASA Newtonian, 500 mm aperture, 1900mm focal length, F3.8
FLI Proline 16803, 9 mm pixel, 4096 X 4096
ASA DDM85 equatorial mount
Processing with PixInsight and Affinity Photo



Russ Carpenter
License: None (All rights reserved)


  • NGC 3247, 


            Russ Carpenter
  • Final
    NGC 3247, 


            Russ Carpenter


I have been wondering if I could improve on the SHO version of the Whirling Dervish Nebula ever since I uploaded it. That portrayal just didn’t capture the ephemeral, fragile nature of this beautiful object. This revision has been completely reimagined. It’s based on the OSH palette and I hope you like it.

Sky plot

Sky plot


NGC 3247, 


            Russ Carpenter