Cookie consent

AstroBin saves small pieces of text information (cookies) on your device in order to deliver better content and for statistical purposes. You can disable the usage of cookies by changing the settings of your browser. By browsing AstroBin without changing the browser settings, you grant us permission to store that information on your device.

I agree
Contains:  NGC 371, NGC 346, NGC 330
Getting plate-solving status, please wait...
Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) RGB Image, 


            Eric Coles (coles44)
Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) RGB Image

Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) RGB Image

Technical card

Resolution: 4500x3600

Dates:Oct. 2, 2017Oct. 24, 2017Nov. 20, 2017

Astrodon Blue Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 6x1200" bin 1x1
Astrodon Green Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 5x1200" bin 1x1
Astrodon Red Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 5x1200" bin 1x1

Integration: 5.3 hours

Avg. Moon age: 5.85 days

Avg. Moon phase: 37.09% job: 1827563

RA center: 15.081 degrees

DEC center: -72.212 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.106 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 0.215 degrees

Field radius: 0.885 degrees

Locations: Australia, New South Wales, Australia


This is the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) RGB Image. It has so many stars you need to expand it to the full resolution in order to appreciate how many. This is only the RGB data which emphasizes star color. And it is only a small portion of the SMC.

Here is what Wikipedia says about the SMC.

"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. 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."



Eric Coles (coles44)
License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons

Sky plot

Sky plot


Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) RGB Image, 


            Eric Coles (coles44)