Celestial hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Carina (Car)  ·  Contains:  Extremely wide field
Carinae in perspective - APOD on 2020 May 5, 



    
        

            Kiko Fairbairn
Carinae in perspective - APOD on 2020 May 5
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Carinae in perspective - APOD on 2020 May 5

Carinae in perspective - APOD on 2020 May 5, 



    
        

            Kiko Fairbairn
Carinae in perspective - APOD on 2020 May 5
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Carinae in perspective - APOD on 2020 May 5

Acquisition details

Dates:
Aug. 1, 2019
Frames:
6×70(7′)
Integration:
7′
Avg. Moon age:
0.44 days
Avg. Moon phase:
0.21%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3452503

RA center: 11h03m45s.8

DEC center: -60°2212

Pixel scale: 45.127 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 277.499 degrees

Field radius: 19.152 degrees

Resolution: 1757x2500

File size: 21.8 MB

Data source: Traveller

Description

This image was an APOD on 05/05/2020;

In order to capture this precise alignment between tree and Eta Carinae Nebula I had to try it through three nights in a roll. Two of those nights without any success.

This capture was a big challenge for me. I've used a 85mm lens, so the polar alignment asked for sharpness (to do it in a middle of a field is not a easy task). Furthermore my plan was to do a panoramic of four. Two horizontal and two vertical. Any gaps between them would make me lose the final -integrated- picture.

For the fist night I was in the wrong spot. The nebula was way to the left. The second night, clouds formed exactly in that west position, making the nebula quickly disappear.

"Third time is a charm", right? Barely. Seeing the image it´s possible to glimpse clouds forming in southwest, and suddenly after the shots they flooded the skyes. I was lucky. If I had waited more 60 seconds to start capturing all would have been lost.

This image was taken during the 2019 Brazilian Astrophotography Meeting.

[ Tech Specs ]

85mm Lens | Canon 6D (Ha mod) | ISO 3200 | f4 | Portable Equatorial Mount | Exposure Time: 70" seconds | Six images taken in immediate sequence, forming a vertical panorama; Two for the ground and four for the sky | Final image has been croped 70% from original frame.

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Carinae in perspective - APOD on 2020 May 5, 



    
        

            Kiko Fairbairn