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LMC - Large Magellanic Cloud, 



    
        

            Robert Ruckhofer
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LMC - Large Magellanic Cloud

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LMC - Large Magellanic Cloud, 



    
        

            Robert Ruckhofer
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LMC - Large Magellanic Cloud

Equipment

Imaging Telescopes Or Lenses
Samyang 135mm ED UMC F/2
Imaging Cameras
Sony A6300 (modified)
Mounts
Skywacher Star Adventurer Mini
Software
Photoshop 2020 · Pleiades Astrophoto S.L. PixInshight · AstroPixelProcessor
Guiding Telescopes Or Lenses
Baader Vario 60mm F4.1
Guiding Cameras
Sony A6300 (modified)

Acquisition details

Dates:
Dec. 2, 2021
Frames:
110x30" (55')
Integration:
55'
Avg. Moon age:
27.41 days
Avg. Moon phase:
4.99%

RA center: 05h21m01s.39

DEC center: -69°0701.8

Pixel scale: 6.195 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 178.501 degrees

Field radius: 5.303 degrees

WCS transformation: thin plate spline

More info:Open 

Resolution: 3652x4968

Data source: Traveller

Description

During my trip to Capetown I took the chance to capture one of the -typically hidden by planet Earth- Objects I have absolutely no chance to capture from my backyard at home. 😉

Processing this was quite fun, capturing it was kind of a struggle though...

After A LOT of trial and error polar aligning, I observed very strong tilt in my first test images, most likely caused by my Lens. I was temporarily able to fix it using some thin cardboard and electrical tape which worked surprisingly well. As soon as I set up my gear again, strong winds came up which I tried to fight by taping a huge rock to my tripod only to figure out the next morning that every single image was out of focus. 😭😂
I didn't give up though and tried again the night after which eventually gave me an hour of useable data, out of like 9 hours or so captured.. 💨

....The conclusion is that I REALLY need a better traveling tripod, polar alignment can be a real pain in the ass in the southern hemisphere, but holy smokes, the southern skies are beautiful. 😉

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LMC - Large Magellanic Cloud, 



    
        

            Robert Ruckhofer