Sometimes, to capture a special moment demands rigorous timing – especially when you are on a steep learning curve. The constellation of Carina is visible at this time of the year in the very early morning hours … And waking at 4am gives you a tight window to setup and align equipment before the approach of dawn.
To complicate things a full moon was hovering in the western sky … Leaving a brief 30 minutes or so to image successfully.
This final stacked image is made from 30 x 20 sec subs, and 20 x 20 sec dark frames @ 1600 ISO. Canon 7D prime focussed through a Celestron CPC 9.25.
It shows a small section of the much larger Great Nebula in Carina NGC 3372 … and is centred on the massive star Eta Carinae. EC and a number of the stars in this nebula are a million times brighter than our sun. The nebula lies between 6,500 @ 10,000 light years away and can be seen with the naked eye.
Embedded in the upper left of the nebula is the cluster Trumpler 14 – a stellar nursery of hot young stars.