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Small Magellanic Cloud, 


            Aleix Roig
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            Aleix Roig
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Acquisition details

Sept. 1, 2022
53×300(4h 25′)
4h 25′
Avg. Moon age:
5.04 days
Avg. Moon phase:

RA center: 00h51m55s.42

DEC center: -72°4111.7

Pixel scale: 2.594 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -19.909 degrees

Field radius: 2.696 degrees

WCS transformation: thin plate spline

More info:Open 

Resolution: 6229x4153

File size: 14.6 MB

Locations: Tivoli Astro Farm, Namibia, Khomas Region, Namibia

Data source: Traveller


Located in the southern constellation of Tucan we find one of our satellite galaxies, the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC). This dwarf galaxy was supposed to be a nebula when it was observed by Ferdinand Magellan and his crew while doing the first circumnavigation of planet Earth in the early 1500s. 

This image was captured last September 2022 during my recent trip to Namibia. We can see in the image several nebulae within the sea of stars that can be distinguished individually. The SMC is located some 210,000 light-years away in the constellation of Tucan (Tucana) and spans 15,000 light-years with several hundred million stars. Also very prominent we can see two globular clusters, the 47 Tucanae (NGC 104) and NGC 362.The full image shown above covers an area of 4º29' x 2º59' at a resolution of 2.59"/pixel. 

Image details: 
L: 30x120" (1h)
RGB: 15x 60" each channel (45')
Ha: 20 x 300" (1h40')
[OIII]: 12x300" (1h) 
Calibrated with darks, flats. dark-flats. 

Total exposure: 4h 25'

Moon at 3% (not visible when capturing the images)Sky darkness: 22,05 mag/arcsec2
Image resolution: 2.59”/pixelFOV (full image): 4º29' x 2º59' 
Equipment: FRA300 + ASI2600MM + LRGB ZWO filters + ZWO EFW 7 pos + ZWO EAFZWO AM5 mountASI AIR PlusGuiding with ASI120MM and ZWO Mini Guide Scope   

Aleix Roig, October 2022
Tivoli Astrofarm (Namibia).


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Small Magellanic Cloud, 


            Aleix Roig

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