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Technical card

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

Imaging camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Mount: CELESTRON CG5-GT

Software: PixInsightO'Telescope BackyardEOS

Resolution: 2665x1925

Astrometry.net 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

Description

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)

Equipment

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

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Author

Cory Schmitz
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