Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Tucana (Tuc)  ·  Contains:  47 Tuc  ·  NGC 104  ·  NGC 346  ·  NGC 362  ·  NGC 456  ·  The star βHyi  ·  The star κTuc  ·  The star λ2Tuc  ·  The star λHyi  ·  The star πTuc
SMC and TUC47, 


            Christian van den Berge
SMC and TUC47
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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

Dates:July 12, 2015

Frames: 17x300"

Integration: 1.4 hours

Avg. Moon age: 25.98 days

Avg. Moon phase: 13.59%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 714412

RA center: 0h 57' 27"

DEC center: -73° 24' 7"

Pixel scale: 12.098 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 71.703 degrees

Field radius: 7.340 degrees

Resolution: 620x421

Locations: Kiripotib, Dordabis, Namibia


The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is a dwarf galaxy near the Milky Way at a distance of around 200,000 light-years. Together with the LMC it can be clearly seen with the naked eye.
The SMC is visually accompanied by 2 globular clusters. The biggest one is called Tuc47 and it is located 16,700 light years from us. It is in fact the second brightest globular cluster in the sky (after Omega Centauri).
Unfortunately I only took a few (long) exposures and wasn't able to preserve the core of the globular cluster.

Nikon D5100 + Nikkor 80-200mm F2.8 used at 80mmF4
17 x 5min ISO800


Sky plot

Sky plot


SMC and TUC47, 


            Christian van den Berge