Antilhue - Chile

NGC 104 - 47 Tuc
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Designation NGC 104,  47 Tuc,  Bennett 2
Constellation Tucana  (Tuc)
Description This wonderful globular cluster, also known as 47 Tuc, is crowded with innumerable stars steadily increasing to the dense, very bright center. The height of this image is about 30 arcmin, equivalent to the size of the full moon. 47 Tuc rivals Omega Centauri for the title of the most beautiful globular in the sky and is about 16.000 lightyears away.

Here is a wider field with the neighbouring Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) and a higher resolution color image taken with a Ritchey-Chretien reflecting telescope.

Exposure L 10 min @ -18C
Camera SBIG ST-10XE selfguided + CFW8 with SBIG/CS Filterset
Optics Astro-Physics AP155EDFS @ f/7.2 (prime focus)
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, Adobe Photoshop 6.0
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 30Sep02 @ 06:00 UTC
Conditions Transparency 6,  Seeing 5, Temperature +8C