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Magellanic Clouds - A Quick and Wide View, 


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

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Dates:Aug. 13, 2016

Frames: 21x60" ISO3200

Integration: 0.3 hours

Avg. Moon age: 9.87 days

Avg. Moon phase: 75.26%

Mean SQM: 21.60

Basic astrometry details job: 2119723

RA center: 3h 16' 58"

DEC center: -73° 56' 20"

Pixel scale: 39.149 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 34.992 degrees

Field radius: 19.604 degrees

Resolution: 3000x2000

Data source: Traveller


During 2016's 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.

This image is a reprocessed version of To me the improvement was noticiable - especially in gradient and color control. What do you think?

Pre-processed and linear gradient removal/correction in AstroPixelProcessor. Post-processed in Photoshop. I will probably try to shoot this same field with 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 you for taking your time to look at this image.

Taken from Rural Skies (Bortle 3-4; SQM ~21.6*calculated), from MG, Brazil.

Date and Time: August 13, 2016, at 4:00 (local UTC-3; start of capture)
Camera: Canon EOS T5 (unmodded), at ISO 3200
Lens: Canon 40mm STM operated at f/3.2
Mount: Sky-Watcher EQ3-2, tracking ,unguided
Exposure Detail: 21x60s; total 21 min



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


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Description: To better show the molecular clouds in the field Inverted and Overstretched

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Magellanic Clouds - A Quick and Wide View, 


            Gabriel R. Santos...