The Eta Carinae Nebula

NGC 3372, the Eta Carinae Nebula, is one of the most prominent deep sky objects in the southern sky. It's so far south that it's barely visible from the southernmost parts of the United States. The namesake star, Eta Carinae, is an unstable super-massive star that will probably blow up one of these days.

This image was made with my 92mm refractor from Scout Key in Florida, home of the Winter Star Party. Camera was my Olympus E-PL5 mirrorless camera. From a latitude of 24 degrees north, the nebula only rises about five degrees above the horizon during its brief appearances.

Image copyright by Joe Bergeron.