The Tarantula's lair - wide field

Posted by BobGillette
on Friday, March 6, 2015

The Tarantula Nebula is a bright (visible to the naked eye) star-forming region at the edge of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy orbiting the Milky Way at a distance of about 160,000 light years. If it were as close as the Orion Nebula, the Tarantula would cast shadows on moonless nights. Captured with a Takahashi FSQ-85 and QSI 583wsg camera; 4.5 hours through an Astrodon 5 nm hydrogen-alpha filter that admits a narrow wavelength of light emitted by ionized hydrogen. Imaged at Hacienda Los Andes, near Cerro Tololo, in northern Chile on 21 January 2015. See

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