Antilhue - Chile

SMC and NGC 104  (47 Tuc)
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Image Data

Designation SMC, the Small Magellanic Cloud  (left)  -  NGC 104,  47 Tuc (lower right)
Object type Irregular galaxy of the Local Group  -  Globular Cluster
Coordinates 00 h 53 min   -72 47'   Tucana (Tuc) 
Description Two of the most magnificent southern objects as neighbours in the sky.  The globular cluster NGC 104 lies about 16.000 lightyears away within our own galaxy, the Milky Way.   The Small Magellanic Cloud is ten times more distant and is a companion galaxy to ours and as such still 15 times closer than the Andromeda Galaxy (M 31).  There are a multitude of interesting objects for more detailed study: a large number of NGC (New General Catalogue) objects pertaining to the SMC can be found throughout this field of view, which is about 3 20' wide.  Click on the image above for a  higher resolution image (1500 x 1000 pixel).

There is also a wider field of the SMC and a close-up of NGC 104 both in B&W and hi-res color.

Exposure LRGB 70:40:40:40 min @ -25C
Camera SBIG STL-11000 with Astronomik Type II filter set, selfguided
Optics Astro-Physics Traveler AP105EDF f/5.9 with field flattener, prime focus
Mount Astro-Physics AP900GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, Sigma Pre Beta 11, Registar, Adobe Photoshop CS
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 22Aug2004 - 09:30 UTC 
Conditions Transparency 5,  Seeing 4-5, Temperature  + 5 C