||SMC, the Small Magellanic Cloud
(left) - NGC 104, 47 Tuc (lower right)
||Irregular galaxy of the Local
Group - Globular Cluster
||00 h 53 min -72° 47'
||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.
||LRGB 70:40:40:40 min @ -25°C
||SBIG STL-11000 with
Astronomik Type II filter set, selfguided
||Astro-Physics Traveler AP105EDF
f/5.9 with field flattener, prime focus
||MaxIm DL/CCD, Sigma Pre Beta 11,
|Location - Date - Time
||San Esteban (Chile) - 22Aug2004 -
||Transparency 5, Seeing 4-5, Temperature
+ 5° C