Who has already seen the HST photo of NGC 3603 will not forget it: the tiny, compact open cluster is shining in the middle embraced by the orange veils of the nebula. The stars of the open cluster are twinkling in the little cave in the middle of the nebula. The photo has a good feeling and it's also very exotic. One can tell that this is a southern object. This little gem was a very desirable target of mine on our trip to Namibia. To my surprise the real life look in the telescope doesn't lag much behind the photo. Apart from the colors and the delicate ripples one can see what is in the Hubble picture in the telescope as well.
The cluster is very small, about 40" and very bright. Some of its stars can be drawn by position but you can feel that it's mostly unresolved. The nebula is relatively bright as well. A nice, detailed veil surrounding the cluster. Only the inner edges and the northern side show some contrast.
I drew the skeleton of the field - about a dozen star positions (but not brightnesses) - into the sketch from Guide.
The above mentioned Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image can be seen to the left with my drawing next to it. My drawing has been rotated to match the orientation of the HST image. In this case the eyepiece impression was pretty convincing. It is woth comparing the stars as well. It will reveal the inaccuracies of the drawing.
The grand spiral galasy of Pavo
Huge and faint supernova remnant in the southern sky
Centaurus globular cluster
The second globular in Centaurus
Apus globular cluster
Globular cluster close to the Southern celestial pole
Polar ring galaxy
Barred spiral galaxy in the thick of the Milky Way