NGC 3293 (The Gem Cluster)

NGC 3293 (spsp) (80) (0)

NGC 3293 is a recently formed open 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 millions old.This beautiful cluster is surrounded by blue reflection nebulosity. All this is in front of a huge area of emission and dark nebulosity.

NGC 3293 is in Carina and lies at a distance of 8000 light years.

Telescope.  16 Inch F4.5 Newtonian.

Camera.  S Big ST4000 XCM OSC CCD.

Exposure and Date.  12 x 900 sec.   March 2016.

Location.  (Wiruna) Ilford N.S.W.