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Nebulae and Clusters in the North East quadrant of the Small Magellanic Cloud - by Mike O'Day ( 500px.com/mikeoday )

Nebulae and Clusters in the North East quadrant of the Small Magellanic Cloud ( Tucana Constellation ) ( NGC 292, 299, 306, 330, 346, 411, 416, 422 ) by Mike O'Day ( 500px.com/MikeODay )

The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is a small spiral galaxy about 7000 light years in diamater and is one of our near neighbours. At 'only' around 200,000 light years distance, it shines brightly in the southern sky and is clearly visible to the naked eye even in moderately ligh polluted skies.

Links:

500px.com/MikeODay

photo.net/photos/MikeODay

Details:

This image ~ RA 1h 2m, Dec -72deg 2'.

Skywatcher Quattro 10" f4 Newtonian.

Skywatcher AZ Eq6 GT Mount.

Orion Short Tube 80mm guide scope & auto guider - PHD2.

Baader MPCC Mark 3 Coma Corrector & UHC-S 'nebula' filter.

Nikon D5300 (unmodified).

Field of view (deg) ~ 1.35 x 0.90.

59 x 200 sec ISO 800 over two nights.

Pixinsight & Photoshop

9 September 2015 & 11 October 2015 ( processed 11 Oct 2015 )

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Hi Mike, nice shot! I had a go at it a couple of weeks ago and saw this perfectly hexagonal nebula in my image too. I thought it was too regular and might have been an artifact. Seeing it in your picture gives me the confidence it is real :grin: !

Can't wait for the LMC and tarantula.

Cheers

HJ

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Hi Mike, nice shot! I had a go at it a couple of weeks ago and saw this perfectly hexagonal nebula in my image too. I thought it was too regular and might have been an artifact. Seeing it in your picture gives me the confidence it is real :grin: !

Can't wait for the LMC and tarantula.

Cheers

HJ

Thanks Hans.

My first reaction to the green hexigon was the same as yours - it looks like flare, albeit from a old style straight-edge slr lens aperture .

I already have a shot of the Tarantual nebula that I'm reasonably happy with for now - what I am hanging out for is for Orion and all its goodies to rise up out of the trees and city light pollution.

Cheers

Mike

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anim_claps.gifCongratulations Mike ! Few people give attention to those galaxies. Only NGC 2070 - Tarantula is very photographed.Your wide field of those clusters and nebula are very beautiful. anim_handshake.gif

LMC and SMC have a very wonderful targets. Around 745 clusters ! I did 81 from LMC and 19 from SMC. I am wainting them in a good position in the sky to continue my work.

Some images aren't with good quality. We must understand that shot objects inside those galaxies is capture objects out of our Milk Way. They aren't easy targets.

SMC: http://jsmastronomy.30143.n7.nabble.com/Small-Magellanic-Cloud-f88.html

LMC: http://jsmastronomy.30143.n7.nabble.com/Large-Magellanic-Cloud-f97.html

I have some interesting notes about them, also.

SMC: http://jsmastronomy.30143.n7.nabble.com/Small-Magellanic-Cloud-td233.html

LMC: http://jsmastronomy.30143.n7.nabble.com/Large-Magellanic-Cloud-td232.html

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anim_claps.gifCongratulations Mike ! Few people give attention to those galaxies. Only NGC 2070 - Tarantula is very photographed.Your wide field of those clusters and nebula are very beautiful. anim_handshake.gif

LMC and SMC have a very wonderful targets. Around 745 clusters ! I did 81 from LMC and 19 from SMC. I am wainting them in a good position in the sky to continue my work.

Some images aren't with good quality. We must understand that shot objects inside those galaxies is capture objects out of our Milk Way. They aren't easy targets.

SMC: http://jsmastronomy.30143.n7.nabble.com/Small-Magellanic-Cloud-f88.html

LMC: http://jsmastronomy.30143.n7.nabble.com/Large-Magellanic-Cloud-f97.html

I have some interesting notes about them, also.

SMC: http://jsmastronomy.30143.n7.nabble.com/Small-Magellanic-Cloud-td233.html

LMC: http://jsmastronomy.30143.n7.nabble.com/Large-Magellanic-Cloud-td232.html

Thank your for your kind words.

You shots are great and you notes are very detailed and informative - thank you for sharing the links.

Cheers

Mike

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Zooming in on the hexagonal nebula ...

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I have been searching for the designation and any information on this nebula and found the following links:

http://www.fromquarkstoquasars.com/apotd-ngc-371/

http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1111/

It has been catalogued as NGC 371 and is described as an "open star cluster and emission nebula".

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