The Magellanic Clouds

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The Magellanic Clouds are really huge patches of light in the Southern sky. At left the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) and at right the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC). The field center is in Hydrus constellation; the red star at center is Gamma Hydri, mag. 3.3. At the left of SMC the bright patch is the huge globular cluster 47 Tucanae (NGC 104).

Technical data
Optics Canon lens 50 mm f/1.8 mkII
Focal Length 50 mm
Focal Ratio f/4
Exposure Time 1h (single exp of 10 min)
CCD Canon EOS 5D with Baader filter
Sensitivity 800 ISO
Location Tivoli Farm (Namibia) at 1350 m height
25 August 2011, h4 UT
Mount Losmandy G11
Tracking none
Temperature and humidity T= -1°C, RH=61%
Sky brightness at zenith (with SQM-L) 21.64 mag/arcsec^2
Notes This image is a collaborative effort of the Namibia 2011 expedition. Processing: Lorenzo Comolli. Images by: Lorenzo Comolli, Luigi Fontana, Giosuè Ghioldi, Emmanuele Sordini.

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