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Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC): In the Southern Sky, not far from LMC, in the constellation of Tucana, this irregular galaxy can be seen with the unaided eye. It is also a companion of Milky Way approx. 190000  LY away. SMC contains about 10 bright Deep Sky Objects (mainly starbirth regions), nearly 20000 star clusters and two billion stars.

The Hi-Res. version shows the starbirth areas (HII regions) in red colour, by merging an H-alpha image with the RGB picture.


Object Small Magellanic Cloud
Category Galaxies
Designation SMC
Constellation Tucana
Optics Takahashi FSQ 106 ED f/5
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 1 x 20min H-alpha, jeweils 3 x 10min RGB, Baader filterset. Maxim DL for image aquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar und Astro Professional 80mm f/7 as guidescope, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5, PixInsight, Photoshop. Color Code L:H-alpha,RGB
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 10 Nov 2012
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