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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 shows highly resolved the surroundings of the central region.

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

The image was taken at the IAS astronomical site at the Hakos farm in Namibia.



Object Tarantula Nebula
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation NGC 2070
Constellation Dorado
Optics Alluna-RC20 Ritchey-Chretien 20 inch f/6 with Reducer
Mount 10 Micron GM4000HPS
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal filter wheel CFW 5
Exposure 3x5min RGB each, 3x5min H-alpha, O3 Baader filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Darkframe
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar with OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing MaxIm DL6, Photoshop. Color Code L=Halpha, Halpha/R,GB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 15 Dec 2017
 
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