C/2020 F8 SWAN is a comet discovered on images of the SWAN camera, aboard of the SOHO spacecraft. Although it was imaged for the first time by the SWAN camera, was Michael Matiazzo, in Australia who first noticed it.
This little guy started to gain brightness very fast, and as soon I knew about his existence, I mounted my telescope and pointed to him.
Not everyone knows, but Eta Carinae Nebula (NGC 3372) is four times larger than the Orion Nebula (Messier 42) and even brighter. Don’t misunderstand me. Messier 42 is incredible, but Eta Carinae is special. It is so complex, with a lot of star clusters, Hydrogen Alpha regions, dark clouds… and it’s huge! And the big red giant in its center? Speechless. This red giant totally deserves an dedicated post for its own.
Finally, on January 7, I was able to try my “new” old Nikkor 135mm f2.8 AI, that promises to be a great wide angle lens. I chose as a target Eta Carinae Nebula, or NGC 3372.
This nebula is one of the most beloved targets of the south hemisphere. It is located on the Carina constellation, and just the main nebula itself (NGC 3372) have 2 degrees of aparent size. It is huuuuuge!
I was thinking in not even publish this image here. Althougth I was happy because it was a galaxy after all, my first galaxy, I was disapointed with the results. NGC 3115 is a tiny little galaxy with just 7 arc minutes of aparent diameter.
But then I though: well, the main reason to mantein this blog is to keep an historic. Maybe this image could be important to the “Luiz” of the future to see it and compare with new photos of other galaxies and compare the results.
When you live in a place that get infested by mosquitoes at summer and also get freezing cold at winter, you do need to find a way to shot some astrophotographies and yet stay alive to stack all frames on the next day.
Once the sky is not helping me lately, I’m doing the job to automatizate my setup. Or kinda it. I mean, my setup is “semi-mobile”… it is light weight enough to mount everything every night, but most of my images are taken from my backyard.