The Tarantula Nebula (NGC 2070)
One of the most fascinating of nebulae it is not situated
in our own Milky Way galaxy. It's located in a nearby
dwarf galaxy, which is a satellite to our own, and which is known as the Larger Magellenic
(LMC). The LMC is named after the ancient mariner
Magellan. It's a misshapen, wild and eerie place, being tortured by the
gravitational forces from our own, nearby, Milky Way galaxy.
Eventually our galaxy will consume the LMC, along with its
nebulae. The Tarantula Nebula is being shaped
by some pretty powerful forces.
The shot above was taken with an IR-modified Canon 350D in an Orion 80ED refractor
on an unguided EQ-6 mount. The exposure was 64 x 1 minutes
at 1600 ISO.
2070 Tarantula Oxygen-III 11Oct08 (Wide-shot Grayscale)
2070 Tarantula Oxygen-III 11Oct08 (Wide-shot Color)
2070 Tarantula Oxygen-III 11Oct08 (Close-up Color)
2070 Tarantula Oxygen-III 11Oct08 (Close-up Grayscale)
Oxygen-III Image Nov2007
Compare this to a very early Mintron video camera shot that I took (click here). Ouch.
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