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NGC 3603

CLUSTER ASSOCIATED WITH NEBULOSITY - CARINA

 (ra: 11:51 1s / dec - 6115' 54")

 

 

 

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JULY 2012, Archicampo, Doyle Provincia de Buenos Aires,

Argentina

 

 


 

DATA

TYPE: Cluster in Nebulosity Complex

APPARENT MAGNITUDE: 9.1   

IMAGE FOV: 32 x 25 arc minutes

SIZE: NGC 3603 12 arc minutes

DISTANCE: 20.000 light years

 

OBJECT DESCRIPTION AND IMAGE SESSION

NGC 3603 is an open cluster situated within a massive HII region in our Carina Galaxy arm. It spans over 1000 light years across. At the center of the cluster we have a bright compact core cluster called HD 97950 which contains at least 50 massive O type stars. Within HD 97950 there are three Wolf Rayet Stars with approximately 100 solar masses each. Due to its small apparent size, the cluster was not possible to be resolved with 1600 mm of focal length and 0.7 arc second x pixel resolution. In the image it only appears as a bright star.

NGC 3603 is visible in the telescope as a small rather insignificant nebulosity with a yellowish tinge due to the effects of interstellar absorption. It was observed by John Herschel on the 14th of March 1834 during his visit to South Africa, who stated that it was "a very remarkable object... perhaps a globular cluster"

This image was taken

IMAGE INFORMATION

SCOPE: Celestron SCT 8" Starizona Corrector @ f8 (1600 mm FL)

MOUNT: Sky Watcher NEQ6

SKY CONDITIONS: Rural Skies - seeing good - transparency good

CAMERAS: QSI 583 WS -10C

FILTERS: Baader 31 mm LRGB, 

EXPOSURES: LRGB (30,30,30,30)

GUIDING: William Optics ZenithStar 66 f6. Starlight Xpress Lodestar Camera. PHD Guiding 

PROCESSING: Images Plus, NASA Photoshop Fits Liberator, Photoshop CS

 


 

NGC 3603 CLOSE UP HD 97950 (100% RESOLUTION)

CLUSTER ASSOCIATED WITH NEBULOSITY - CARINA

 (ra: 11:51 1s / dec - 6115' 54")