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Catalogue and alternative designations NGC 3324, Gabriela Mistral nebula 

 

Type Emission Nebula 
Position  10 37.3, -58 38
Constellation Carina
Camera and Telescope STXL6303 and 36.8 cm Ritchey Chretien
Focal Ratio F9
Exposure Details Ha:OIII:OIII  180:240:240 Astrodon 3nm Ha and OIII filters.  Ha assigned to red, OIII assigned to blue.  Synthetic green generated from red and blue.
Description NGC3324 is an outlying part of the Eta Carinae complex that shows up quite well in small telescopes.  The image resembles the profile of Nobel prize winning Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral, hence the common name (yes - I know. the people who name these things have vivid imaginations).