Antilhue - Chile

NGC 3576 + NGC 3603 (Ha)
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Designation NGC 3576 (right) and NGC 3603
Constellation Carina (Car)
Description A lot is going on in this image.  Both nebulea are very active starforming regions and emit strongly in the light of ionized hydrogen (H-Alpha). They are 7.000 and 14.000 light years away respectively. NGC 3576 with its characteristic loops formed by stellar winds also contains a number of prominent Bok Globules, dark dense stellar nurseries.  NGC 3603 may well be the largest nebula in our galaxy and features concentrations of young, hot and massive Wolf-Rayet stars, much like at the center of the Tarantula Nebula (NGC 2070).  A color rendering of this field can be seen here.
Exposure Ha 180 min @ -15C, 1x1
Camera SBIG ST-10XE selfguided,  CFW-8,   Custom Scientific 4.5 nm Ha Filter
Optics Astro-Physics AP155EDFS @ f/7.2 (prime focus)
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, Sigma Beta 10, Adobe Photoshop 6.0
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 31Mar2003 - 01:30 UTC
Conditions Transparency 6,  Seeing 5, Temperature +14C