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Large Magellanic Cloud: This galaxy in the constellation of Dorado or the Swordfish can only be observed from the Southern Hemisphere. It is a companion galaxy of our Milky Way and gravitationally bound to it, thus both are interacting. The distance to us is approx. 180000 LY.The bright area in the upper part of the image is the huge Tarantula Nebula. The reddish regions in the image are all star birth areas. For a closer inspection of these areas see here.



Object Large Magellanic Cloud
Category Galaxies
Designation LMC
Constellation Dorado
Optics Takahashi FSQ 106 ED f/5 x 0.73 reducer
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3x20min Baader H-alpha filter, 3 x 5min each Baader LRGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding Selfguiding
Processing Maxim DL5, CCDStack, Photoshop. Color Code L,R/H-alpha,GB
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 12 Dec 2010
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