The Statue of Liberty. NGC 3576

The Statue of Liberty is a nickname that was introduced by Steve Mazlin in 2016. It is a fragment of NGC 3576, an emission nebula located in the constellation Carina. This image is the result of a reprocessing of a fragment of a previous image taken in 2016. I usually process the narrowband images by mapping the filters to natural color. This time I wanted to change that view and try the Hubble palette (SII: Red, Ha: Green, OIII: Blue). It turned out quite surprising, because the strong and differentiated emissions in the center of the nebula bring a new and appealing version. You can find some more information about the nebula and the previous image here and about a mosaic also grabbing NGC 3602 here.


Additional Information


Name(s): NGC 3576. The Statue of Liberty Nebula

Type: Emission Nebula

RA:  11h 12m 02s

Dec: -61º 13’ 46”

Constellation: Carina

Size (arcmin): 16×27

Magnitude: +9.1

Distance: 9,800 ly


Date: 2016-04-23 thru 2016-05-23

Location:, SSO near Coonabarabran, NSW Australia

Size (arcmin): 11×22 arcmin

Telescope: Planewave CDK 20” f/6.8

Camera: SBIG STX16803 (4096x4096pix)

Guiding: Astrodon MonsterMOAG off-axis guider

Total exposure: 24 hs (Ha: 5hs; OIII: 6.5hs; SII: 10.5hs; RGB 2hs)

Processing: CCDStack, Photoshop CC 2020

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