Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Tucana (Tuc)  ·  Contains:  NGC 330  ·  NGC 346  ·  NGC 361  ·  NGC 362  ·  NGC 371  ·  NGC 411
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Meet the Neighbours - NGC 362 & Friends in the SMC, 


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Meet the Neighbours - NGC 362 & Friends in the SMC
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Meet the Neighbours - NGC 362 & Friends in the SMC

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi TOA-130 APO Refractor

Imaging cameras: QSI 6162 monochrome

Mounts: Takahashi NJP Temma-2

Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar Off Axis Guider

Focal reducers: Takahashi TOA/FS Reducer and flattener

Software: Adobe Photoshop 2020  ·  Sky Safari Pro  ·  PHD2 Guiding 2.6.6 PHD2  ·  Topaz Denoise DeNoise  ·  Noel Carboni's Astro Tools for PhotoShop Noel Carboni Actions  ·  Nik Software, Inc. Nik Filters

Filters: Chroma Ha 5nm Chroma Ha  ·  Chroma Blue  ·  Chroma Green  ·  Chroma Red  ·  Chroma Luminance  ·  Chroma OIII 3nm O3

Accessory: Kendrick Standard Dual Channel Controller

Dates:Sept. 11, 2020

Chroma Blue: 24x180"
Chroma Green: 24x180"
Chroma Ha 5nm Chroma Ha: 10x1200"
Chroma Luminance: 11x500"
Chroma Red: 28x180"
Chroma OIII 3nm O3: 6x1200"

Integration: 10.7 hours

Avg. Moon age: 23.19 days

Avg. Moon phase: 38.95%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3841287

RA center: 1h 2' 44"

DEC center: -71° 36' 14"

Pixel scale: 2.344 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 176.739 degrees

Field radius: 1.231 degrees

Resolution: 2305x3000

Locations: Burwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Data source: Backyard


Overshadowed by it's more famous neighbour 47 Tuc, NGC 362 is a young Globular cluster, located in the constellation Tucana in the Southern Hemisphere, slightly north of the Small Magellanic Cloud.

Pictured also is the blueish NGC 346, and it's many Ha rich nebulous companions, which resemble cherry blossoms in spring. NGC 346 is the brightest star-forming region in the neighbouring Small Magellanic Cloud galaxy, some 210 000 light-years away from Earth.

This was also testing the latest round of tilt and eccentricity corrections done to the Tak TOA130 ota & focuser combined with the TOA/FS reducer. Seems all of my ASV colleague Stefan Buda's hard work has paid off, yielding round stars across the frame!

Taken in Covid iso from my light polluted backyard in Suburban Melbourne, Australia. Processed in AstroPixel Processor, PS CC2020 , with Starnet ++, Nik & Topaz plugins.