Michael A. Stecker


 Eta Carina Nebula (Key-hole Nebula), NGC 3372
This is one of the most impressive objects in the sky of any type.  It is a southern object in the constellation of Carina that spans about 2 degrees. 
The red glowing gas clouds are split by huge dark lanes giving the appearance of a starfish.  The Eta Carina star which illuminates the nebula is
an unstable blue supergiant a million times more luminous than our sun.
Photographic Data
Telescope: Astro-Physics 130 mm f/6 EDF refractor (telecompressed to f/4.5)
Camera: Nikon F2 35 mm camera
Film: hypersensitized Fujicolor HG 400
Exposure: Two 50-minutes, stacked
Co-ordinates: RA 10 hrs, 44 min and Declination 59.5 degrees South
Field of view is 3.4 x 2.2 degrees, north to the left
Photographic site: Carnegie Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, February, 1996