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Contains:  Tarantula nebula, NGC 2070, NGC 2048, NGC 2018, NGC 1763, The star π2Dor, The star βMen, The star εDor, The star αMen, The star η2Dor, The star νDor, The star θDor, The star δDor, The star βDor, The star γHyi, Part of the constellation Dorado (Dor)
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Large Magellanic Cloud, 


            Barry Brook
Large Magellanic Cloud

Large Magellanic Cloud

Technical card

Resolution: 2579x2375

Dates:Feb. 12, 2015

Frames: 235x30" ISO3200

Integration: 2.0 hours

Darks: ~300

Flats: ~140

Bias: ~280

Avg. Moon age: 22.49 days

Avg. Moon phase: 46.38%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 2.00

Mean FWHM: 4.50

Temperature: 8.00 job: 570124

RA center: 80.201 degrees

DEC center: -69.052 degrees

Orientation: -89.296 degrees

Field radius: 9.612 degrees

Locations: Huon Ridge Observatory, Judbury, Tasmania, Australia


The Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, visible from southern skies in the constellations of Dorado and Mensa. At a distance of 163,000 light years, it is one of the closet galaxies, with a size of 10 billion solar masses and a diameter of about 14,000 light years. It is now recognized as a disrupted barred spiral galaxy (rather than irregular), and the main bar can be seen clearly in this image. The Tarantula Nebula and other smaller features are also visible.

The whole galaxy spans about 11 x 9 degrees of sky. I captured it using a Sony NEX-3 DSLR with a 55mm lens at f/5.6 (235 subs at 30 sec each), mounted on an AZ-EQ6 GT (no guiding). I then framed the area of interest and up-scaled the image with 3x drizzle stacking in DSS.

The image was taken in the dark skies of rural southern Tasmania, and the LMC was at an elevation of about 60 degrees for the capture.



Barry Brook
License: Attribution Creative Commons


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Large Magellanic Cloud, 


            Barry Brook