Large Magellanic Cloud: This galaxy in the constellation of Doradus or the Swordfish, which can only be seen from the Southern Hemisphere, is a smaller companion of our Milky Way. It is gravitationally bound to Milky Way and both interact. The distance to us is approx. 180000 light years. The bright spot in the upper center is the huge Tarantulum Nebula.

Object Large Magellanic Cloud
Category Galaxies
Designation LMC
Constellation Dorado
Optics Sigma Zoom Lens 18-125 @ 125mm f/5.6
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera Hutech modified Canon 30D
Exposure 40 x ISO 800-3min, IDAS LPS filter, Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark Frame
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and TMB 80 as Guide Scope, Guiding Software: Maxim DL
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 9 Jan 2008
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