Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Carina (Car)  ·  Contains:  IC 2599  ·  NGC 3293  ·  NGC 3324
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Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi TOA-130 APO Refractor

Imaging cameras: QSI 6162 monochrome

Mounts: Takahashi NJP Temma-2

Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar Off Axis Guider

Focal reducers: Takahashi 67-FL flattener

Software: Adobe Photoshop 2020  ·  Topaz Denoise DeNoise  ·  Nik Software, Inc. Nik Filters

Filters: Chroma Ha 5nm Chroma Ha  ·  Chroma Blue  ·  Chroma Green  ·  Chroma Red  ·  Chroma OIII 3nm O3  ·  Chroma SII 5nm Chroma SII

Accessory: Stellarmate Raspberry Pi-4  ·  Kendrick Standard Dual Channel Controller


Dates:Feb. 13, 2021

Frames:
Chroma Blue: 15x120" (30')
Chroma Green: 15x120" (30')
Chroma Ha 5nm Chroma Ha: 17x600" (2h 50')
Chroma Red: 15x120" (30')
Chroma SII 5nm Chroma SII: 28x600" (4h 40')
Chroma OIII 3nm O3: 15x600" (2h 30')

Integration: 11h 30'

Avg. Moon age: 1.68 days

Avg. Moon phase: 3.16%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 6.00


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4223799

RA center: 10h 37' 55"

DEC center: -58° 37' 58"

Pixel scale: 1.242 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 9.717 degrees

Field radius: 0.876 degrees


Resolution: 3257x3893

Locations: Burwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Data source: Backyard

Description

Full tricolour NB image completed during Melbourne's third lockdown.

Good to revisit this object again with the new gear.
It's been six years since I last visited this target!
See the old one here - https://www.astrobin.com/full/153116/D/

New toys and more experience sure do make a difference :)

NGC 3324 is located in the southern constellation of Carina roughly 7500 light-years from Earth. It is on the northern outskirts of the chaotic environment of the Carina Nebula, which has been sculpted by many other pockets of star formation. A rich deposit of gas and dust in the NGC 3324 region fuelled a burst of starbirth there several millions of years ago and led to the creation of several hefty and very hot stars that are prominent in this picture.

Stellar winds and intense radiation from these young stars have blown open a hollow in the surrounding gas and dust. This is most in evidence as the wall of material seen to the centre right of this image. The ultraviolet radiation from the hot young stars knocks electrons out of hydrogen atoms, which are then recaptured, as the electrons cascade through the energy levels, showing the extent of the local diffuse gas.

As with clouds in the Earth's sky, observers of nebulae can find likenesses within these cosmic clouds. One nickname for the NGC 3324 region is the Gabriela Mistral Nebula, after the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet. The edge of the wall of gas and dust at the right bears a strong resemblance to a human face in profile, with the "bump" in the centre corresponding to a nose.

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Gabriella Revealed - NGC 3324 in HaO3S2 RGB, 



    
        

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