[AZ-Observing] Re: NGC 3576 - The Statue of Liberty Nebula
- From: Brian Skiff <bas@xxxxxxxxxx>
- To: az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:11:10 -0700
On Mon, 2018-08-13 at 19:13 -0600, Paul wrote:
Wow, complex is right. There's a lot going on in this image. Looks like art.
Thanks for bringing out S hemisphere attractions.
Various parts of this nebular complex have six NGC numbers
associated with it. It would probably get more attention
from visual observers and imagers if it did not lie only a
few degrees east of the eta Carinae complex (Bernard mistyped
Sagittarius). The photo by the way, spans about 20', and has
north to the upper-left, and east to the lower left.
I viewed this in my 6-inch refractor from Las Campanas
Observatory in Chile in February 1990. I could see five
more-or-less distinct emission nebulae, much enhanced by
an [OIII] filter. There was no distinct clustering of the
stars, though there are several hot OB stars involved that
power the nebulae.
Only one more degree east is the spectacular extremely
dense cluster NGC 3603 and nebula RCW 57. There are indeed
many more spectacles in this swath of the southern Milky Way,
where we look roughly parallel along the Carina arm.
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