The Carina Nebula (also known as the Eta Carina Nebula, or NGC 3372) is a large bright nebula that surrounds several open clusters of stars.
The nebula lies at an estimated distance between 6,500 and 10,000 light years from Earth.
It is located in the constellation of Carina.
The nebula is one of the largest diffuse nebulae in our skies.
The Keyhole nebula is seen just left of the center.
It is four times as large and even brighter than the famous Orion Nebula.
LRGB image - Luminance for 30min, RGB 10min each Total of 60 minutes.
Imaged with the Boren-Simon 8" F2.8 POWERNEWT Astrograph.
Sbig ST8300M with FW5 filterwheel with Baader HaLRGB filters
Imaged from Tivoli farm in Namibia June 2011