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Contains:  NGC 3293, NGC 3324
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NGC 3324 "Gabriela Mistral Nebula", 


NGC 3324 "Gabriela Mistral Nebula"
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NGC 3324 "Gabriela Mistral Nebula"

Technical card

Dates:April 29, 2019

Frames: 33x600"

Integration: 5.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 24.43 days

Avg. Moon phase: 26.64%

Basic astrometry details job: 2997525

RA center: 10h 39' 4"

DEC center: -58° 33' 7"

Pixel scale: 0.981 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 356.425 degrees

Field radius: 0.795 degrees

Resolution: 4656x3520

Data source: Backyard


This is my first SHO image processed in Pixinsight. A very tricky process in comparison to my standard mono workflow. Yes, it certainly needs cropping. Yes, curves need tweaking. Yes the colour is not quite right. I agree, but it is a great leap for me going from a Nat geo 130mm reflector full of bugs 15 months, to narrowband imaging with an exotic refractor. Revisit in another 15 months... imagine what you'll see!

YouTube clip of the post processing in super fast motion.

NGC 3324 is an open cluster in the southern constellation Carina, located northwest of the Carina Nebula (NGC 3372) at a distance of 7,560 ly (2,317 pc) from Earth.
It is closely associated with the emission nebula IC 2599, also known as Gum 31.
The two are often confused as a single object, and together have been nicknamed the "Gabriela Mistral Nebula" due to its resemblance to the Chilean poet.
NGC 3324 was first catalogued by James Dunlop in 1826.



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NGC 3324 "Gabriela Mistral Nebula",