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Contains:  NGC 2070, NGC 2100, Tarantula nebula
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Tarantula Nebula (Ha Test), 


            Craig Rodgers
Tarantula Nebula (Ha Test)
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Tarantula Nebula (Ha Test)

Technical card

Dates:April 15, 2016

Frames: 8x600"

Integration: 1.3 hours

Avg. Moon age: 8.66 days

Avg. Moon phase: 63.46%

Basic astrometry details job: 1045716

RA center: 5h 38' 42"

DEC center: -69° 8' 20"

Pixel scale: 2.442 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -85.311 degrees

Field radius: 0.540 degrees

Resolution: 1218x1024

Locations: Nosey Cat Observatory, Dunedin, New Zealand


First narrowband test with my new (to me) Atik 314L+. I'm planning an HaRGB image, since the Tarantula is so rich in Ha.

The Tarantula Nebula (also known as 30 Doradus) is an H II region in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). It was originally thought to be a star, but in 1751 Nicolas Louis de Lacaille recognized its nebular nature. The Tarantula Nebula has an apparent magnitude of 8. Considering its distance of about 49 kpc (160,000 light-years), this is an extremely luminous non-stellar object. Its luminosity is so great that if it were as close to Earth as the Orion Nebula, the Tarantula Nebula would cast shadows. (



Craig Rodgers
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  • Tarantula Nebula (Ha Test), 


            Craig Rodgers
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    Tarantula Nebula (Ha Test), 


            Craig Rodgers

Sky plot

Sky plot


Tarantula Nebula (Ha Test), 


            Craig Rodgers