We are certainly spoilt in the Southern Hemisphere, with some remarkable objects in our sky, mostly unseen by our friends in the North.
Here is my pick of the very best of them, as seen through my Skywatcher Esprit 120 telescope and ZWO ASI071 camera (images 1-5) and Canon DSLR (images 6-7).
1. Eta Carina Nebula
120 arc-minutes in diameter.
Bigger and brighter than the Orion Nebula M42.
2. Omega Centauri
The biggest and brightest globular cluster in the entire sky.
Contains about ten million stars.
3. Centaurus A
A peculiar lenticular galaxy, twelve million light years away.
4° from Omega Centauri, possibly two galaxies colliding.
4. Tarantula Nebula
A colossal emission nebula 160,000 light years away in a nearby galaxy. If it were as close as the Orion Nebula, it would cast shadows.
The second biggest globular cluster in the whole sky.
Contains millions of stars.
6. Large Magellanic Cloud
A local satellite galaxy, 14,000 light years across, 163,000 light years away. The fourth largest galaxy in the Local Group.
7. Small Magellanic Cloud
A local satellite galaxy (about 20° from the Large Magellanic Cloud).
7,000 light years across and located 200,000 light years away