Meet NGC 3324, an open cluster closely associated with emission nebula IC 2599 located in the southern constellation Carina. It’s at a distance of 7,560 ly from Earth.
This is another collaboration image between myself and Russ Jacob of Australia. Russ’ data was a pleasure to work. Very good quality and he did an excellent job of acquiring it.
This is image was taken using three different narrowband filters. Hydrogen-Alpha (Ha), Oxygen III (OIII) and Sulfur II (SII). This is also known as the Hubble Palette. The golden-orange is the Ha and SII emissions while the bule/teal is the OIII.
This nebulous region was named after Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, a Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet, who is more known by her pseudonym: Gabriela Mistral.
I’ve created two images. One with the stars and the other image is without stars. I used the StarNet++ tool for Pixinsight to remove the stars. It leaves only the nebulousity and gives it an interesting look. I find the starless image a little more 3D, do you?
6 hours total
Ha, OIII, SII 6.5nm filters ( https://bit.ly/2yvUWOR )
Skywatcher 8″ F5 reflector ( https://bit.ly/3bqJPFs )
ZWO ASI1600mm pro cooled cmos camera ( https://bit.ly/2xF1ECd )
NEQ6 Skywatcher mount ( https://bit.ly/2C9lap1 )
Acquisition: Sequence Generator Pro SGP / PHD2 for autoguiding
Interested in how this image was created? Watch my video below…