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Contains:  30 Dor Cluster, NGC 2015, NGC 2033, NGC 2037, NGC 2042, NGC 2044, NGC 2050, NGC 2052, NGC 2055, NGC 2060, NGC 2069, NGC 2070, NGC 2074, NGC 2080, NGC 2081, NGC 2083, NGC 2084, NGC 2093, NGC 2100, NGC 2108, Tarantula Nebula

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    Tarantula Twist, 


            Andy 01
    Tarantula Twist
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    Tarantula Twist

    Technical card

    Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi TOA-130 APO Refractor

    Imaging cameras: QSI 6162 monochrome

    Mounts: Takahashi NJP Temma-2

    Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar Off Axis Guider

    Software: Adobe Photoshop 2020  ·  Sky Safari Pro, iOS Sky Safari Pro  ·  PHD2 Guiding 2.6.6 PHD2  ·  Topaz Denoise DeNoise

    Filters: Chroma Ha 5nm Chroma Ha  ·  Chroma SII 5nm Chroma SII  ·  Chroma OIII 3nm O3

    Accessory: Takahashi flattener 1.04X Flattener 67  ·  Kendrick Standard Dual Channel Controller

    Dates:Oct. 1, 2020

    Chroma Ha 5nm Chroma Ha: 20x600"
    Chroma SII 5nm Chroma SII: 22x1800"
    Chroma OIII 3nm O3: 15x900"

    Integration: 18.1 hours

    Avg. Moon age: 14.42 days

    Avg. Moon phase: 99.86%

    Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 7.00

    Basic astrometry details job: 3908984

    RA center: 5h 38' 48"

    DEC center: -69° 24' 50"

    Pixel scale: 1.242 arcsec/pixel

    Orientation: 50.234 degrees

    Field radius: 0.932 degrees

    Resolution: 3438x4161

    Locations: Burwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    Data source: Backyard


    A Southern beauty, this nebula dominates the Large Magellenic Cloud. Were it closer to earth it would leave shadows! The Tarantula Nebula is a giant star forming region about 180 thousand light-years away and more than a thousand light-years in diameter.

    The largest, most violent star forming region known in the whole Local Group of galaxies, the cosmic arachnid sprawls across this spectacular view composed with narrowband data centred on emission from ionized hydrogen and oxygen atoms. Within the Tarantula (NGC 2070), intense radiation, stellar winds and supernova shocks from the central young cluster of massive stars, cataloged as R136, energize the nebular glow and shape the spidery filaments.

    Around the Tarantula are other star forming regions with young star clusters, filaments, and blown-out bubble-shaped clouds. But were the Tarantula Nebula closer, say 1,500 light-years distant like the local star forming Orion Nebula, it would take up half the sky. (Apod)

    Taken from lockdown central, Melbourne , Australia. Oct 2020

    Processed in APP & PS CC 2020 with a touch of Eric Coles Histogram balancing technique.



    Andy 01
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    Tarantula Twist, 


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