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Small Magellanic Cloud: In the Southern Sky, not far from the Southern Celestial Pole in the constellation of Tucana, one finds this galaxy, which is also a companion of Milky Way approx. 160000 to 180000 LY away. Very close to it shines one of the brightest and most brilliant Globular Clusters, 47 Tucanae or NGC 104 which is displayed in the upper right part of the image.
In the upper left part is another very bright Globular Cluster NGC 362.

 

 



Object Small Magellanic Cloud
Category Galaxies
Designation SMC
Constellation Tucana
Optics Takahashi FSQ 106 ED f/5 x 0.73 reducer
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 20min Baader H-alpha filter, 3 x 5min each Baader LRGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding Selfguiding
Processing Maxim DL5, CCDStack, Photoshop. Color Code L,R/H-alpha,GB
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 9 Dec 2010
 
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