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Tarantula Nebula, 



    
        

            Bruce Rohrlach
Tarantula Nebula
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Tarantula Nebula

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Tarantula Nebula, 



    
        

            Bruce Rohrlach
Tarantula Nebula
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Tarantula Nebula

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Skywatcher 200P 200mm/f5 NEQPro6

Imaging cameras: Nikon D610 Un-mod

Mounts: SkyWatcher NEQPRO6 Synscan GOTO

Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC  ·  DeepSky Stacker (DSS) Deepsky stacker 3.3.4


Dates:Jan. 27, 2017

Frames: 210x3" (10' 30")

Integration: 10' 30"

Avg. Moon age: 29.02 days

Avg. Moon phase: 0.29%


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3525503

RA center: 5h 38' 42"

DEC center: -69° 5' 52"

Pixel scale: 1.023 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 171.813 degrees

Field radius: 0.342 degrees


Resolution: 1813x1586

Data source: Backyard

Description

The Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud is Huge.

At around 900 Light Years ("LY" in width (with tendrils out to 6000 LY) the main body of the Tarantula is around 37 times the size of the Great Nebula in Orion (M42) which is only around 24 LY in width. However, since the Tarantula Nebula resides in the Large Magellanic Cloud (a smaller satellite galaxy to our own), it is much further away (~160,000 LY) compared to the Orion Nebula which resides in our local neighbourhood of the Milky Way (~1,344 LY).

Stack of 210 images (ISO 5000) at 3 seconds each for an integrated exposure of 10.5 minutes.

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Tarantula Nebula, 



    
        

            Bruce Rohrlach