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Small Magellanic Cloud

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi FSQ 106ED f/5

Imaging cameras: FLI Microline CCD

Mounts: Takahashi EM-400

Software: DeepSkyStacker, GIMP, Fitswork, Pixlr, Lightroom

Filters: Astrodon LRGB + Ha

Accessory: Absolut Citron  ·  Reading Glasses!!!


Dates:Sept. 1, 2017

Frames: 4x300" (20')

Integration: 20'

Avg. Moon age: 10.20 days

Avg. Moon phase: 78.25%


Astrometry.net job: 1720772

RA center: 0h 52' 29"

DEC center: -72° 48' 25"

Pixel scale: 7.002 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 84.953 degrees

Field radius: 2.342 degrees


Resolution: 1336x2004

Description

The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), or Nubecula Minor, is a dwarf galaxy near the Milky Way. It is classified as a dwarf irregular galaxy. It has a diameter of about 7,000 light-years, contains several hundred million stars, and has a total mass of approximately 7 billion times the mass of the Sun.[6] The SMC contains a central bar structure and it is speculated that it was once a barred spiral galaxy that was disrupted by the Milky Way to become somewhat irregular. At a distance of about 200,000 light-years, it is one of the Milky Way's nearest intergalactic neighbors. It is also one of the most distant objects that can be seen with the naked eye.

The SMC is mostly visible from the Southern Hemisphere though it can be fully glimpsed from near the southern horizon from equatorial latitudes south of about 15° N. It is located across both the constellations of Tucana and part of Hydrus, appearing as a hazy light patch resembling a detached piece of the Milky Way. It covers an average diameter of about 4.2° across (8 times the Moon's diameter) or 51.7 sq. degrees (about 60 times the apparent area of the Moon.) Since it has a very low surface brightness, the SMC is best seen from a dark site away from city lights. It forms a pair with the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), which lies a further 20° to the east, and like the LMC, is a member of the Local Group and highly probably is a satellite of the Milky Way.

--Wikipedia

RGB each 300 seconds, Luminance 360 seconds. Tried usual processing of .fits files in FITS Liberator which just turned out to be total disaster for reasons unknown. So then tried in Fitswork which seems to have worked out ok.

I was amazed after plate solving how many NGC objects in this image which is pretty cool.

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