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Tarantula Nebula Deep Field: More than three hours exposure give a deep insight into this extragalactic nebula located in our neighbouring galaxy Large Magellanic Cloud, approx. 160000 light years away. It is really a dramatic sight as extremely bright and hot young stars in the center of the image whip with their fast star winds the surrounding matter into shreds while making it glow as emission nebulae. A high oxygen content of the gas cloud gives the emission a greenish tint.

Have a look at the high-resolution version of the image to appreciate the chaotic fine structure even more.


Object Tarantula Nebula Deep Field
Category Nebulae
Designation NGC 2070
Constellation Dorado
Optics TMB 130 f/6
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera QHY8/ALccd 6c
Exposure 37 x 5min IDAS LPS filter, Maxim DL for Capturing
Calibration No
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and TMB 80 as Guide Scope. Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 9 Jan 2008
Remark The dense star field as well as the high-brightness central part has been attenuated to highlight the nebula structures
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