Tarantula Nebula: NGC 2070 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.

This image is a result of a total exposure time of nearly 6.5 hours of the Tarantula Nebula. In this emission line image in mapped colours the chaotic large-scale structure of this vast emission nebula can be studied. It is a pitty that this also for visual observation with small telescopes outstanding object is only visible for observers in the Southern Hemisphere.

An image with a larger field of view you find here, an even larger one here.

Object Tarantula Nebula
Category Emission Line Images
Designation NGC 2070
Constellation Dorado
Optics Meade LX 200 GPS 10 inch f/10 x 0.6 reducer (Giant Easy Guider)
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera QHY8/ALccd 6c
Exposure 7 x 15min Astronomik H-alpha, 10 x 10min O[III], 18 x 10min S[II] filter, Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration No
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and TMB 80 as Guide Scope, Maxim DL as guiding software
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop. Colour Coding L:H-alpha, R:S[II], G:H-alpha, B:[OIII]
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 17+19+21 Nov 2008
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