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The Details
Object
NGC 2070 & 2080 Tarantula & Ghost Head Nebulae in Dorado
Optics
Astro-Physics 12" Mak-Cass at f/8
Platform
Astro-Physics 1600 GTO with absolute encoders
Camera
FLI Proline 16803
Filters
Tru-Balance 5nm Hydrogen-Alpha
Date
March 2015
Location
Las Campanas Observatory, Chile
Exposure
Ha 2 x 15 ea x 1200 sec, 1x1 bin (10 hours total exposure)
Software
ACP, Maxim DL/CCD, CCDStack, Photoshop CS5
Orientation
Field of View: 01°20' x 00°51' centered on RA05h38m02s DEC -69°20’25” (2000.0) . North angle 89.6°; east 90° CCW from north
Notes
The Tarantula Nebula, aka NGC 2070 and Doradus 30, and NGC 2080, aka The Ghost Head Nebula, is a complex HII region at the eastern end of the Large Magellanic Cloud's (LMC) stellar bar. The LMC is a satellite galaxy orbiting our Milky Way and is located approximately 180,000 light years from Earth.

NGC 2070 occupies the right half of this mosaic while NGC 2080 lies in the upper left quadrant. The nebula in the lower left quadrant of the frame is NGC 2048. The Tarantula Nebula alone spans nearly 1000 light years across, making it nearly 40 times larger than M42, the Great Nebula in Orion.

All data for this mosaic image was acquired by Howard Hedlund of Astro-Physics, Inc., with processing by Dave Jurasevich

 

 

 

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