NGC 2070 Tarantula up close, 


            Barry Brook

NGC 2070 Tarantula up close

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron Nexstar 8SE SCT

Imaging cameras: Sony NEX-3 DSLR

Mounts: Celestron NexStar 6 SE and 8 SE Computerized Mount

Focal reducers: Celestron 0.63x Focal Reducer/Flattener

Software: DeepSky Stacker 3.3.4  ·  StarTools  ·  Paint.NET 4.0

Dates:May 3, 2014

Frames: 92x25" ISO1600

Integration: 0.6 hours

Darks: ~25

Flats: ~20

Bias: ~50

Avg. Moon age: 4.11 days

Avg. Moon phase: 17.96%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 3.00

Temperature: 10.00

Basic astrometry details job: 276497

Resolution: 620x485


Close shot of the Tarantula Nebula in Dorado - a spectacular region of star formation in the Large Magellenic Cloud satellite galaxy. If it was as close as the Orion nebula, it would be so huge that it would occupy the entire constellation of Orion and cast shadows on Earth...

Unguided composite image taken with my Celestron 8SE, based on multiple short subs, stacked in DSS and edited in StarTools.



NGC 2070 Tarantula up close, 


            Barry Brook