SMC and 47 Tuc


Michael Sidonio

Canberra Australia

This is the first light image with my new Takahashi FSQ106EDX4 and FLI Proline16803. This was just a quick test image with very little exposure and minimal processing to better determine the general quality and characteristics of the new FSQ-FLI imaging rig.

Takahashi FSQ106EDX4
FLI Proline 16803, CFW-5-7, Robofocus
LRGB = 60 28 24 20min = 2.2hrs total exposure (bin 1X1)
New Deep-Sky RGB Astronomik filters
-30C chip temp, dark frames and flats used (Aurora Flat field panel)
Focal length 530mm, FOV = 4deg X 4deg
Image scale 3.5″/pix
Guide Camera: Starlightxpress Lodestar

Data collected in one night on 23 Oct 2017, good seeing, good transparency

Equipment setup:

The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is one of the two most famous small satellite galaxies of the Milky Way and is easily visible with the naked eye from even moderately dark southern skies. By chance and although some 10 times closer to us, the second most mighty globular cluster in the sky known as 47 Tucanae, sits right next to the SMC, so with enough field of view available, makes for a great pair to image.