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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.
Tarantula Nebula ( NGC 2070 ) in Large Magellanic Cloud ( LMC ) by Mike O'Day.
The Tarantula Nebula ( NGC 2070 ) is the largest and brightest emission nebula in the nearby irregular galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud ( LMC ). At a distance of 160,000 light years away from us, the Tarantula Nebula is so bright that it would cast shadows on the Earth if were as close to us as the Orion Nebula in our galaxy.
New version ( April 9 ):
( please click / tap on image to see larger and sharper image )
And here it is re-processed to try to reduce the red background ( due to light pollution I think ) without impacting the colour of the stars too much
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NGC 2070 Tarantula Nebula
Image centre ... (nova.astrometry.net)
Field of view (arcmin): ...
Telescope: Orion Optics CT12 Newtonian ( mirror 300mm, fl 1200mm, f4 ).
Corrector: ASA 2" Coma Corrector Quattro 1.175x.
Effective Focal Length / Aperture ): 1410mm 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).
100 sub exposures ranging from 1s 100ISO to 240Sec 400ISO HDR processing of 5 sets of images
Pixinsight & Photoshop
20 December 2016 / April 2017
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