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Left: optical image of the Carina Nebula Complex (from:; image credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2, Davide De Martin). North is up and east to the left. The region observed in the context of the Chandra Carina Complex Project (CCCP) and the Chandra pointings of NGC 3324/Gum 31 and NGC 3293 are marked by the cyan outlines and labeled. Right: optical image of the cluster NGC 3293 (from:; image credit: ESO/G. Beccari), composed from images taken with the MPG/ESO 2.2 m telescope in the B-band (blue color channel), V-band (green color channel), I-band (orange color channel), and an Hα filter (red color channel). North is up and east to the left. The central cyan rectangle marks the area covered by our Chandra observation with the ACIS-I array, the lower cyan rectangle (extending beyond the edge of the image) marks the area covered by the single active ACIS-S detector.

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