Carina Neb­ula (NGC 3372)

The Carina Neb­ula (cata­logued as NGC 3372; also known as the Great Carina Neb­ula) is a large, com­plex area of bright and dark nebu­los­ity in the con­stel­la­tion Carina, loc­ated in the Carina–Sagittarius Arm of the Milky Way galaxy. The neb­ula is approx­im­ately 8,500 light-years from Earth.

The neb­ula is one of the largest dif­fuse neb­u­lae in our skies. Although it is four times as large as and even bright­er than the fam­ous Ori­on Neb­ula, the Carina Neb­ula is much less well known due to its loc­a­tion in the south­ern sky. It was dis­covered by Nic­olas-Louis de Lacaille in 1752.

This is the first-light after the FSQ has been moved from South­ern France to Chile.

[descrip­tion from wikipedia]


Taka­hashi FSQ-106EDX III
10Micron GM2000 HPSII
Astro­don Gen2
LRGB 70:135:95:100 min.
San Pedro de Atacama — Chile
© Mar­tin Ruster­holz, Astrophotographer

Find­er Chart Carina Nebula

Carina Nebula Sky Chart - Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz

Image cre­ated by Skychart

About Me

Hello, my name is Martin Rusterholz. I’m a Swiss amateur astrophotographer living near Zurich, the biggest town in Switzerland. My interest in astronomy started when I was 16. At that time, I built my first Newtonian telescope and mount. I studied physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) which was the only study including at least some aspects of astronomy and astrophysics. “Looking at the nights sky is an experience touching everybody deeply inside, something common to all human beings independent to the language spoken by the individuals”. Deep-sky astrophotography is my passion.