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About this Image
The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is an irregular dwarf galaxy orbiting our Milky Way galaxy, and thus is a member of our Local Group of galaxies.
At its distance of 179,000 light years a long time the LMC was considered as the nearest external galaxy.
Although a small irregular galaxy, the LMC is full of interesting objects including diffuse nebulae (especially the Tarantula Nebula, a giant H II region, above the LMC), globular and open clusters, planetary nebulae etc.
Canon 200mm EF L lens fully open at f/2.8
|Camera||SBIG STL-11000M at -20C, internal filter wheel|
|Date||Aug 14, 2004.|
|Sky Conditions||mag 6, good transparency, temperature 13 C,|
LRGB= 10:10:10:10 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.