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Tarantula Nebula Region (Wide-Field): NGC 2070, also called Tarantula Nebula, in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which is a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way, is one of the most prominent emission nebulae in the Southern Hemisphere. Young bright stars excite the atoms of the surrounding gas to emit radiation. From this gas and the star dust from previous generations of stars new stars are born.

The wide-field image displays the Tarantula Nebula at the left hand side of the image with its dramatic shock fronts together with several  other prominent, quite unusual emission and reflection nebulae  in the wider surroundings. Part of the nebula complex right of center is known as Southern Seagull Nebula or sometimes also as Dragons Head.

Object Tarantula Nebula Region - Widefield
Category Nebulae
Designation NGC 2070
Constellation Dorado
Optics Takahashi FSQ 106 ED f/5
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 6 x 20min H-alpha, 3 x 20min [OIII], 3 x 5min each RGB, Baader filter set. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar and Astro Professional 80mm f/7 as Guide Scope, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5, PixInsight, Photoshop. Color Code L:H-alpha,R/H-alpha,G/[OIII],B/[OIII]
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 9 Nov 2012
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