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The Small Magellanic Cloud


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         Object The Small Magellanic Cloud - NGC292
         Comment Located in the constellation Tuscana, the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC/NGC292) is an irregular galaxy that is a member of the local group of galaxies. The term "irregular galaxy" refers to the fact that no apparent shape can been seen. It does not feature spiral or elliptical characteristics found in typical galaxy structures. The SMC contains numerous objects which have been catalogued that range from clusters through to rich redish-pink HII nebulae and is approximately 230,000 light years away.

To the upper right, the grand globular cluster 47 Tucanae (47Tuc/NGC104) shines bright, second only to the magnificent globular cluster Omega Centauri. 47 Tuc is among the closest clusters to us located approximately 20,000 light years away. To the upper left, is the smaller cluster NGC362 at a distance of approximately 40,000 light years.

This image is a LRGB two frame mosaic.

Award: The David Malin Awards 2008 - Amateur Deep Sky Category - Honourable Mention
         Optics Takahashi FSQ-106ED F/5 (530mm FL)
         Camera SBIG STL-11000M - 1x1 bin (image scale: 3.5 arcsec/pix)
         Mount Losmandy Titan
         Exposure Total exposure time: 11.5 hours (L:120min,R:75min,G:75min,B:75min per frame)
         Date Image data acquired over a few nights


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