Tarantula Nebula


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Catalog
Obj Type
Location
Date Taken:
Harvey
NGC 2070
Nebula
CTIO, Chile
11-08-2007
Description

NGC 2070, The Tarantula Nebula, in the Large Megellanic Cloud (LMC) is the First Light Image for the FSQ106N / SBIG ST-10XE installed at PROMPT 2, CTIO.  It was first cataloged to be a star, 30 Doradus, then called the Looped Nebula by Herschel.  This object at 160,000 light years distant would actualy cast shadows on earth at night if it was at the distance of the Orion Nebula, 1500 light years. The illumination comes from ultraviolet radiation from hot young massive stars embedded in the nebula.

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Technical Details
Exposure Time:
RRGB with 48 minutes per channel, all 1x1
Camera:
SBIG ST-10XE
Telescope:
Takahashi FSQ106N
Mount:
Software Bisque Paramount ME
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