Antilhue - Chile

LMC & SMC
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Image Data

Designation LMC & SMC, the Magellanic Clouds
Object type Irregular galaxies of the Local Group
Coordinates 05h21min  -6827'  (Dorado/Mensa)  resp. 00h53min  -7247'  (Tucana) 
Description As satellites of our Milky Way these magnificent southern objects are only about 180.000 light years away, 15 times closer than the Andromeda Galaxy (M 31).  They offer a multitude of interesting objects for more detailed study:  there are more than 200 NGC (New General Catalogue) objects in the LMC alone.  Prominent in the LMC is the pink Tarantula Nebula, the only extra-galactic naked eye nebula.  In the right hand image, the foreground globular cluster  NGC 104 (47 Tuc) outshines the SMC. The above images were taken at the same scale on the same night: an interesting side by side comparison of these objects that are separated by more than 20 degrees in the night sky. In both cases, north is towards the top.

See also a close-up of the SMC .

Exposure LRGB 20:20:25:40 min @ -15C  -  unguided
Camera SBIG ST-10XE + SBIG CFW-8 with Astronomik Type II filter set
Optics Asahi Opt. Co. Super-Takumar 55mm f/1.8 SLR objective lens
Mount Astro-Physics AP900GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, DeBloomer, Sigma Pre Beta 11, Registar, Adobe Photoshop 6.0
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 23Nov2003 - 04:30 UTC resp. 02:00 UTC
Conditions Transparency 5,  Seeing 6, Temperature +15C