Nebulosity around NGC 3572 in Narrowband

This is a pretty cool target – near the great Carina Nebula but not often photographed by itself.

It’s a close neighbour to the star cluster NGC 3532, also known as the Pincushion, Football or Wishing Well Cluster.

The nebulosity resembles a gas flame in space!

Image selected as NASA/APOD 13 Feb, 2019

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NGC 3572 Narrowband Nebula Carina

Capture Details

TelescopeModified Skywatcher CF 10" F4 Newtonian
CameraQSI 683 WSG8
MountTakahashi NJP
FiltersAstrodon 3nm Ha, O3 & RGB
Guiding CameraStarlight Xpress Lodestar X2
Integration time (Exposure)27 hrs
LocationBurwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
DateApril, 2019

About this Nebula

NGC 3572 is a star cluster situated near a molecular cloud in Carina about 6500 light year distance. These stars are young and massive and are only expected to live a few million years and explode as supernovae. These stars have shaped the clouds into amazingly convoluted shapes by their powerful radiation.(Eso)

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