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Image of the area around the Tarantula nebula, imaged in RGB.
This image consists of a few hours of 5 & 10 minute subs in RGB at ISO400.
The Large Megellanic Cloud is visible in the lower right of frame where as the Tarantula is in the upper left.
Image was taken with a 80mm refractor at 500mm FL.
Galaxy 2MASX J05314916-6721339 in Dorado in the region of the Large Magellanic Cloud ( LMC ) and not far ( in angular terms ) from NGC 2004 and NGC 2011.
From Simbad: 2MASX J05314916-6721339 "Galaxy in a group of galaxies" - Type: Sa D ( Spiral )
( J2000: 5h 31m 49.16s -67d 21' 33.92" )
( http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-id?Ident=%403123415&Name=2MASX J05314916-6721339&submit=submit )
( other id: IRAS Faint Source Catalog - IRAS F05319-6723 )
It can be found in the vicinity of NGC 2004 and NGC 2011
Crops taken from full frame image:
Dragons Head Nebula and NGC 2014 in the Large Magellanic Cloud ( LMC ) ( not far from the Tarantula Nebula - NGC 2070 )
- NGC 2004
- NGC 2011
- NGC 2014
- NGC 2020
- NGC 2021
- NGC 2030
- NGC 2032
- NGC 2035
- NGC 2040
After a long time of any combination of clouds, moon shine or work, I finally had a clear moonless night to myself... Something I was not going to let pass me by, and lucky that I didn't because it's back to partially cloudy tonight.
In the past I was planning to image the area around the Tarantula nebula and the large Megallanic Cloud and tonight was my chance.
I was hoping for a night of RGB, HAlpha, OIII and SII but so far all I captured was 4.5 hours of 7.5min and 3 min subs at ISO400 using my modded 40D of IRCut OSC before cloudy nights resumed.
I figured that I might not get a chance to capture any narrowband to mix into it so I processed what I have and thought it was worth sharing.
Thanks for looking.
( click tap on image to see larger and sharper )
This image shows multiple bright nebula and star clusters in an area adjacent to the the Tarantula Nebula ( NGC 2070 ) in the nearby irregular galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud ( LMC ). The largest of these are the bright pink nebula in the upper right part of the image ( NGC 2014 ) and the blue nebula in the lower right ( NGC 2030 ).
NGC 2014 ( upper right, pink) size 30 x 20 arcmin Mag +8.
NGC 2020 size 2.0 arcmin
NGC 2030 ( lower right, blue ).
NGC 2032 .
NGC 2035 size 3.0 x 3.0 arcmin
NGC 2040 size 3.0 x 3.0 arcmin
NGC 2002 size 2 arcmin Mag +10.1
NGC 2004 size 2.7 arcmin Mag +9.6
NGC 2006 size 1 arcmin Mag +11.5
NGC 2011 size 1 arcmin Mag +10.6
NGC 2021 size 0.9 arcmin Mag +12.1
NGC 2027 size 0.7 arcmin Mag +11.9
NGC 2041 size 0.7 arcmin Mag +10.4
Image centre RA 05h 33m 25.583s, Dec -67° 18' 02.586" (nova.astrometry.net)
Field of view (arcmin): 58.8 x 39.2
Scale (full size image) 0.585 arcsec/pixel
Telescope: Orion Optics CT12 Newtonian ( mirror 300mm, fl 1200mm, f4 )
Corrector: ASA 2" Coma Corrector Quattro 1.175x
Effective Focal Length / Aperture : 1410 mm f4.7
Mount: Skywatcher AZ Eq6 GT
Guiding: TSOAG9 Off-Axis-Guider, Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2, PHD2
Camera: Nikon D5300 (unmodified) (sensor 23.5 x 15.6mm, 6016x4016 3.9um pixels)
HDR combination of four sets of exposures:
9 x 300 sec ISO 200
4 x 120 sec ISO 200
4 x 120 sec ISO 100
4 x 60 sec ISO 100
Pixinsight & Photoshop
29 January 2017