Tarantula Nebula

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Mike O’Day

UK

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, 6016×4016 3.9um pixels)
Filter: none

Exposures:
14 x 240 sec ISO400
12 x 120 sec ISO400
10 x 60 sec ISO400
11 x 60 sec ISO200
10 x 60 sec ISO100
10 x 30 sec ISO100

Pixinsight & Photoshop
20 December 2016

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.

Details:

Nebulae:
NGC 2070 Tarantula Nebula
NGC 2048
NGC 2060
NGC 2077.

Open clusters:
NGC 2042
NGC 2044
NGC 2050
NGC 2055
NGC 2091
NGC 2093
NGC 2100

Image centre RA 5h 38m 57.3s, Dec -69deg 20′ 36.6″ (nova.astrometry.net)
Field of view (arcmin): 58.7 x 39.2
Scale (full size image) 0.585 arcsec/pixel.

2016-12-20T00:00:00

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