The Tarantula Nebula and Environs - The Large Magellanic Cloud

A spectacular region of our southern skies inside the Large Magellanic Cloud featuring the Tarantula Nebula, fields of young blue supergiants, star clusters, emission and dark nebulae, thousands of stars and the central "bar" of the galaxy. Awesome! Distance 165,000ly.

 

Camera: SBIG STL11000M, Astrodon I filters Scope: Takahashi TOA-130, f=720mm, f5.6 (fov ~2.8 x 2.0)
Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma2 Guiding: external, E-finder
Exposures: L:R:G:B = 60:40:40:40min3h0m Location: LMDSS, Heathcote, Victoria
Dates: September 2014 Processing: CCDStack2, RegiStar and Photoshop CS5