Large Magellanic Cloud

The LMC is a nearby small galaxy, 160,000 light years away.

This negative image in black and white shows the Western half of the galaxy and its outskirts, including the huge bright Tarantula Nebula NGC 2070, near the centre.

The majority of objects in this image belong to the LMC, although some are foregroud stars in our own galaxy.

Imaging conducted on a field night with Macarthur Astronomical Society.


Picture saved with settings embedded.
The positive image

Object Details:

Large Magellanic Cloud.
PGC 17223
Constellation: Dorado and Mensa.
Distance: 160,000 light years.
Apparent size: 645.6′ x 549.5′
Actal size: 30,000 light years across.


Exposure:  64 x 30s, f/2.5, ISO800.
Date: 2019-01-04.
Location: The Oaks, NSW.
Conditions: Mostly clear.
Sky: semi-dark rural.
Moon: no
Processing: Deep Sky Stacker > GIMP.
Cropping: no.
Image dimensions: 15° x 10°


Imaging camera: Canon EOS 60D, piggy-backed on telescope.
Lens 135mm Canon
Guiding: off.
Tracking: on.
Telescope mount: SkyWatcher EQ6-R.
Polar aligning: QHYCCD PoleMaster.


My gear.


Image © R.Powell



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