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Contains:  Tarantula nebula, NGC 2070, 47 Tuc, NGC 104, The star δRet, The star εRet, The star δDor, The star βOct, The star εHyi, The star δHyi, The star βRet, The star αRet, The star γHyi, The star βHyi, The constellation Mensa (Men), The constellation Reticulum (Ret), Part of the constellation Hydrus (Hyi)
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Magellanic Clouds - Quick and Wide View, 


            Gabriel R. Santos...
Magellanic Clouds - Quick and Wide View

Magellanic Clouds - Quick and Wide View

Technical card

Resolution: 2400x1600

Dates:Aug. 13, 2016

Frames: 21x60" ISO3200

Integration: 0.3 hours

Avg. Moon age: 9.87 days

Avg. Moon phase: 75.26% job: 1258274

RA center: 49.518 degrees

DEC center: -74.172 degrees

Pixel scale: 49.059 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 145.092 degrees

Field radius: 19.649 degrees

Locations: Sítio, Cristina, MG, Brazil


During this years Perseids I went to my usual dark site. About 3 in the morning I got up trying to capture some meteors. With just a simple, barely aligned and unbalanced EQ3-2, I pointed to the Southern region, where the naked-eye galaxies, Large and Small Magellanic Clouds were. I was looking forward to capturing some meteors in the photogenic composition. After ~20 images, however, I moved on to another area of the sky and with a wider lens, and, after all, no meteors were captured. Nevertheless, the resulting image could become a quick set on these objects, and here it is.

Some light pollution from Itajubá (a relatively large city, 35km from where I shoot) created some ugly gradients from left bottom, and even after some selective adjustments it is still there. Nearby tree branches can also be seen in the edge of the frame.

Stacked and post-processed in Photoshop. I will probably try to shoot this same field with a more proper setup and longer integration time this Spring, a nice season for these objects.

*Please check the full image 2400px - resized from original)*

Constructive criticism, comments and suggestions are more than welcome in the comments section. Thank's for taking your time to look at this image.

Taken from Rural Skies (Bortle 3-4; NELM ~6.2), from Cristina, MG, Brazil (22ºS latitude).

Date and Time: August 13th, 2016, at 4h (UTC-3, start of capture)
Camera: Unmodded Canon T5/1200D, at ISO 3200
Lens: Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM, operated at f/3.2
Mount: Sky-Watcher EQ3-2, with single drive RA tracking
Exposure Detail: 21x60s (total 21min)



Gabriel R. Santos...
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Magellanic Clouds - Quick and Wide View, 


            Gabriel R. Santos...