Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Tucana (Tuc)  ·  Contains:  IC1655  ·  IC1662  ·  NGC 292  ·  NGC 346  ·  NGC 362  ·  NGC 371  ·  NGC 456  ·  NGC 465  ·  NGC152  ·  NGC176  ·  NGC220  ·  NGC231  ·  NGC242  ·  NGC248  ·  NGC249  ·  NGC256  ·  NGC261  ·  NGC265  ·  NGC267  ·  NGC269  ·  NGC290  ·  NGC292  ·  NGC294  ·  NGC299  ·  NGC306  ·  NGC330  ·  NGC339  ·  NGC346  ·  NGC361  ·  NGC362  ·  And 7 more.
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Small Magellanic Cloud, 



    
        

            Jeff Coldrey
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Small Magellanic Cloud

Getting plate-solving status, please wait...
Small Magellanic Cloud, 



    
        

            Jeff Coldrey
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Small Magellanic Cloud

Imaging telescopes or lenses: SkyWatcher Evostar 72ED

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI094MC Pro  ·  ZWO ASI 1600MM Pro

Guiding telescopes or lenses: SkyWatcher Esprit 120ED APO

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI178MM

Focal reducers: Skywatcher 0.85x Reducer & Flattener

Software: TheSkyX Pro  ·  PixInsight

Filters: Orion Luminance 1.25"


Dates:Oct. 11, 2018June 18, 2020

Frames:
OSC Camera: 48x120" (1h 36') (gain: 0.00)
OSC Camera: 48x300" (4h) (gain: 0.00)
Orion Luminance 1.25": 38x300" (3h 10') (gain: 139.00)

Integration: 8h 46'

Avg. Moon age: 14.66 days

Avg. Moon phase: 7.26%


Astrometry.net job: 3635258

RA center: 1h 0' 52"

DEC center: -72° 29' 32"

Pixel scale: 5.354 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -61.119 degrees

Field radius: 2.506 degrees


Resolution: 2760x1900

Locations: Wonga Park, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Data source: Backyard

Description

Processing images of the Magellanic Clouds has been on my "to do" list since I embarked on the slippery slope of astrophotography over a decade ago now ... talk about procrastination! This is my first attempt at the SMC.

Color data was captured in October 2018 using an ASI094mc OSC camera. A mixture of 5 minutes and 2 minute subs were used to retain star colors. Blended with 2 panels of luminance data acquired June 2020 using an ASI1600 to improve image resolution.

I would love to capture a wider field including the much larger 47 Tuc globular down the track, along with some Ha and OIII exposures.

From Wikipedia:

The Magellanic Clouds have a common envelope of neutral hydrogen indicating they have been gravitationally bound for a long time. This bridge of gas is a star forming site.

From O'Meara, Deep Sky Companions - Caldwell Objects:

The small globular cluster to the upper left is NGC 362 which has an overabundance of binary stars, and a highly eccentric orbit taking it close top the galactic core.

Thanks for looking!

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Small Magellanic Cloud, 



    
        

            Jeff Coldrey