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The Large Magellanic Cloud


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         Object The Large Magellanic Cloud
         Comment Located in the constellation Dorado, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is an irregular dwarf galaxy that is a member of the local group of galaxies. The term "irregular galaxy" refers to the fact that no apparent structure can be seen. However there are some prominent features such as its bright central bar and numerous other objects located in the rich dust and gas. One such object is NGC2070, the Tarantula Nebula which an active star forming region. Various star clusters, plantary nebulae also exist. The Large Magellanic cloud is located 180,000 light years away.

The image is a four panel mosaic, LRGB composite.
         Optics Takahashi FSQ-106ED F/5 (530mm FL)
         Camera Apogee Alta U16M - 1x1 bin (image scale: 3.5 arcsec/pix)
         Mount Software Bisque Paramount ME
         Exposure Total exposure time: 18 hours
Luminance: 90mins per panel
RGB: 180mins per panel
         Date October, November 2010


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