Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Dorado (Dor)  ·  Contains:  NGC 1763  ·  NGC 1966  ·  NGC 2018  ·  NGC 2048  ·  NGC 2070  ·  NGC 2077  ·  Tarantula nebula  ·  The star βMen  ·  The star δDor  ·  The star εDor  ·  The star ηMen  ·  The star θDor  ·  The star μMen  ·  The star νDor  ·  The star π1Dor  ·  The star π2Dor
The Large Magellanic Cloud, 


            Christian van den Berge
The Large Magellanic Cloud
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The Large Magellanic Cloud

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8

Imaging cameras: Nikon D5100

Mounts: Fornax 51

Guiding cameras: Lacerta MGEN

Software: Pixinsight 1.8

Accessory: Orion Mini 50mm Guidescope

Frames: 36x480"

Integration: 4.8 hours

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 714515

RA center: 5h 17' 35"

DEC center: -68° 56' 24"

Pixel scale: 12.101 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 54.525 degrees

Field radius: 7.467 degrees

Resolution: 620x476

Locations: Kiripotib, Dordabis, Namibia


The LMC is a nearby galaxy at a distance of 163,000 light-years. It was most likely a barred spiral galaxy before being interrupted, likely by our own Milky Way's gravity. The LMC is clearly visible with the naked eye as a faint cloud and it is huge; more than 20 times the width of the full moon.
Image taken in Kiripotib, Namibia
Nikon D5100 and Nikkor 80-200mm F2.8 used at 80mm F4
36 x 8min ISO800


Sky plot

Sky plot


The Large Magellanic Cloud, 


            Christian van den Berge