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About this Image
The globular cluster 47 Tucanae close to the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is the second largest and second brightest globular cluster in the skies.
The stars of 47 Tucanae are spread over a volume nearly 120 light years across. At their distance of 13,400 light years,
They still cover an area of the sky of about the same apparent diameter as the full moon, about 30 minutes of arc.
The above image resolves the countless stars of the Small Magellanic Cloud, of which a part can be seen in the lower part of the image.
105mm TMB refractor with flattener at f/6.5
|Camera||SBIG STL-11000M at -25C, internal filter wheel|
|Date||Aug 07, 2004.|
|Sky Conditions||mag 6.5, high transparency, temperature 10 C,|
LRGB= 15:15:15:15 min (5-minute sub-exposures)
Image aquisition in Maxim DL 4.0; Image calibration, aligning, mean stacking, DDP and color synthesis in ImagesPlus;
Photoshop: curves, color balance, cropped;