NGC 3293 ( The Gem Cluster)

NGC 3293  ( The Gem Cluster)

NGC 3293 is on the northern edge of the Eta Carina Nebula and lies at a distance of about 8000 light years.

NGC 3293 is a recently formed open star cluster of very hot blue stars. A study of this cluster implies that the blue stars are only about 6 million years old, where as the dim redder stars are around 20 million years old. this beautiful cluster is surrounded by blue reflection nebulosity. All this is in front of a huge area of emission and dark nebulosity.

F.O.V.   40 x 40 min of arc.

Telescope.   Orion Optics UK AG12.

Camera.    S Big ST4000 XCM OSC CCD.

Exposure and Date.    36 x 300 sec.    May 2022.

Location.   (Wiruna) Ilford  N.S.W.