Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Carina (Car)  ·  Contains:  IC 2599  ·  NGC 3293  ·  NGC 3324
Gem Cluster, 


            Eckhard Völcker
Gem Cluster
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Gem Cluster, 


            Eckhard Völcker
Gem Cluster
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Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Astro Physics 130 f6 Starfire EDF

Imaging cameras: ASI ZWO 1600MM Pro

Mounts: Astro-Physics Mach1AP GTO CP4

Focal reducers: Astro-Physics QUAD TCC 0.72x

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3736927

RA center: 10h 35' 22"

DEC center: -58° 12' 50"

Pixel scale: 1.324 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 320.032 degrees

Field radius: 1.011 degrees

Resolution: 4400x3300

Data source: Backyard


The Gem Cluster NGC 3293 is a massive open cluster with over 100 B-stars. It is located at the border of an H2 region, Gum 30. The other H2 region in the image is Gum 31 with the embedded cluster GC 3324. In the center of NGC 3324 is the star system HD 92206 with 3 massiv O-stars that deliver the energy for the surrounding emission nebula.

These H2 clouds are part of the larger Carina Nebula Complex, located northwest of Eta Carinae.

Above the Gem cluster is a small, round nebula with the star HD 92383 in its center.

Image acquisition: 60x30s for Red, Green and Blue, 30x150s Ha (Astrodon 5nm) with Sequence Generator Pro and PHD2.
Stacks: AstroPixelProcessor
Linear Processing: Pixinsight
Non-Linear Processing: Photoshop