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Contains:  NGC 456, NGC 371, NGC 346

Image of the day 06/23/2016

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    Small Magellanic Cloud  (The Crazy world of!), 


            Paddy Gilliland
    Small Magellanic Cloud  (The Crazy world of!)

    Small Magellanic Cloud (The Crazy world of!)

    Technical card

    Resolution: 3771x3957

    Frames: 58x900"

    Integration: 14.5 hours job: 1124293

    RA center: 14.869 degrees

    DEC center: -72.737 degrees

    Pixel scale: 2.387 arcsec/pixel

    Orientation: 88.588 degrees

    Field radius: 1.813 degrees


    Data acquisition Rick Stevenson - thanks for the data Rick, much appreciated.
    Scope: Astro-Physics AP140EDF
    Camera: Alta U16m
    A Southern Hemisphere target I have long wanted to have a go at.
    Processing by me - my first attempt at a HaOIIILRGB combo - in this version i have relied quite heavily on the narrowband data for a defined look. I will likely edit as my first attempt and this channel combination. C&C welcome - always good to learn.
    I will also have a look at a HaLRGB variant shortly as well and possibly a LRGB only for comparative reasons.
    Albeit the SMC is a dwarf galaxy and slightly irregular (it's original barred structure disturbed by the Milky Way) to look at galaxy its proximity means there is a lot going on.
    A view of several hundred million stars and a full set of a galaxies nebulas make for a haphazard array of features with little order seemingly present. Nonetheless this is one of the few opportunities in the night sky that can offer such a range of features all in one frame.
    Hope you enjoy.



    Paddy Gilliland
    License: None (All rights reserved)

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    Small Magellanic Cloud  (The Crazy world of!), 


            Paddy Gilliland