Magellanic Clouds Along the Horizon
and Companion Galaxies
Instrument: Canon 17 - 40mm L @ 17mm
Platform: Robotic Barn Door
Camera: Canon 10D @ ISO800
Location: Near Winton, Queensland, Australia
Elevation: 700 ft.
Sky: Seeing 9/10, Transparency 10/10
Outside Temperature: 50F
Processing Tools: Photoshop CS, Maxim DL, PixInsight, Pixmantec RAW
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Late in the evening on the cold
winters nights in the Outback, three special objects line up
along the horizon in the south. To the left, the LMC is just
coming up, and is still in the extinction band along the horizon.
Just to its left, the "star" is 47 Tucanna, one of
the most stunning of all bright globular clusters in the sky.
Centered in this image is the LMC, with the reddish Tarantula
nebula within its boundaries to the upper right. There are some
research papers published that suggest that this nebula is the
nucleus of the LMC, but that would be pretty abnormal being offset
so much from the center.
Off to the right, above
the trees is the second brightest star in the sky, Canopus. We
can just see this star from our home state of Arizona along the
horizon when it is on the meridian.