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Contains:  NGC 2077, Tarantula nebula, NGC 2070, NGC 2048, NGC 2018, NGC 1966, NGC 1763, The star π1Dor, The star μMen, The star ηMen, The star βMen, The star εDor, The star αMen, The star νDor, The star θDor, The star δDor, The star βDor, Part of the constellation Dorado (Dor)
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Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), 


            Cory Schmitz
Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 L

Imaging camera:Canon 5D Mark II


Software:O'Telescope BackyardEOSPixInsight

Resolution: 2665x1925 job: 229940

RA center: 81.143 degrees

DEC center: -68.911 degrees

Pixel scale: 18.134 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -96.767 degrees

Field radius: 8.281 degrees


Visible only in Southern Hemisphere latitudes, the Large Magellanic Cloud is a dwarf galaxy near the south celestial pole, brightly visible to the naked eye in dark skies with little to no light pollution. At first glance in it looks like an unmoving cloud in the sky, threatening our astrophotography, and then quickly becomes a view from which you can’t tear your eyes away. The sheer size of the LMC is an awe-inspiring sight.

This stack of 15 exposures was taken in early April of 2014, in the dark desert skies near Sutherland, South Africa, in the Karoo desert.

Image Details

15 x 5minute exposures
ISO800 f/3.2 135mm
Calibrated with Dark (25) / Flat (30) / Bias (100)


Canon 5D Mark II DSLR, unmodified
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L lens
Celestron CG5-ASGT mount / tripod (unguided)

Software Used

BackyardEOS for acquisition
PixInsight for calibration / integration / post-processing



Cory Schmitz
License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons

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Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), 


            Cory Schmitz

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