Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)

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About this Image

The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is a nearby galaxy, and a satellite of the Milky Way. At a distance of 163,000 light-years, the LMC is the third closest galaxy to the Milky Way. It is visible as a faint "cloud" in the night sky of the southern hemisphere at the border between the constellations of Dorado and Mensa, and it appears from Earth more than 20 times the width of the full moon
Many prominent H-alpha emission areas are spreaded around the galaxy, the brightest one known as the Tarantula Nebula (NGC2070).

Technical Details


Nikkor 200mm f/2.0 G2 ED at f/2.8

Mount Chart32 fork mount piggyback
Camera Nikon D810A with remote timer
Date Jan 2015
Location CTIO Chile
Sky Conditions mag 21.5 sky, temperature 10-15 C
Exposure 4x5min at ISO400 combined
Programs used ImagesPlus
Photoshop CS5