Resembling a Burning tree in a raging Australian bushfire, the hydrogen “flames” of Carina appear to burn brightly in the Southern portion of the Great Carina Nebula.

Located 10.000 ly distant and nearly four times the size of the Orion Nebula, this is one of the largest HII regions of the Milky Way.
First use of the TOA/FS reducer – I like the 1 stop speed advantage, but pixel peepers may notice a little residual tilt top right.
Taken from my light polluted suburban backyard in Melbourne, Australia.
12 hrs Ha/O3/S2 & an hour’s RGB for the stars.

My son thinks it resembles a maple leaf, what can you see?

Processed in APP & PS CC 2020 using Starnet++ &  Topaz NR with a touch of Eric Coles Histogram balancing technique.

Carina Nebula Narrowband NGC 3372
Carina Nebula Narrowband NGC 3372

Capture Details

TelescopeTakahashi TOA 130 + TOA/FS Reducer
CameraQSI 6162 WSG8
MountTakahashi NJP
FiltersChroma 5nm Ha & S2, O3 (3nm), R,G & B
Guiding CameraStarlight Xpress Lodestar X2
Integration time (Exposure)11.3 hrs
LocationBurwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
DateApril, 2021

About this Nebula

What’s happening in the centre of the Carina Nebula? Stars are forming, dying, and leaving an impressive tapestry of dark dusty filaments. The entire Carina Nebula, catalogued as NGC 3372, spans over 300 light years and lies about 10,000 light-years away in the constellation of Carina. The nebula is composed predominantly of hydrogen gas, which emits the pervasive red glow seen in this highly detailed featured image. The blue glow in the centre is created by a trace amount of glowing oxygen. Young and massive stars located in the nebula’s centre expel dust when they explode in supernovae. Eta Carinae, the most energetic star in the nebula’s centre, was one of the brightest stars in the sky in the 1830s, but then faded dramatically. (text: APOD)

Flames of Carina

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“The immense nebula is an estimated 10,000 light-years away in the southern constellation Carina.

- Wikipedia.