Antilhue - Chile

NGC 2070 - Tarantula Nebula
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Image Data

Designation NGC 2070,  Tarantula Nebula,  30 Dor,  Bennett 35
Constellation Dorado (Dor)
Description If this nebula were at the location of M42, it would fill the whole constellation of Orion and cast a shadow ! It is the only extra-galactic nebula that can be seen with the unaided eye as a faint patch of light on the eastern end of the Large Magellanic cloud (LMC), 160.000 light years distant. The "body" of the spider contains a very dense concentration of extremely hot giant stars that excite the hydrogen gas around.  The prominent open cluster to the left is NGC 2100.  A 1600 x 1200 hi-res version (1.2 MB !) can be found here

A close-up in narrowband Ha light is here.  Also a wide field color image here.

Exposure LRGB 42:36:30:48 min @ -18C, all unbinned
Camera SBIG ST-10XE selfguided

CFW8 with SBIG/CS RGB Filterset + Astronomik IR-Reject Clear filter

Optics Intes Micro Maksutov-Newton MN106 @ f/5.5 (prime focus)
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, Registar, CCD Sharp, Adobe Photoshop 6.0
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 02Dec02 @ 05:00 UTC
Conditions Transparency 5,  Seeing 4, Temperature +11C