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30 Doradus Region

Optics TEC APO 110FL with Flattener at f/5.6
Mount AstroPhysics 1200GoTo
Camera Moravian G3-16200
Filters Astrodon Halpha, OIII, R, G, B
Date 25 June - 7 July 2019
Location Tivoli Astrofarm, Namibia
SQM-L 21.7-22.0
Exposure HaOIIIRGB = 5-3-1.8-1.5-1.8 hours
total: 13.2h
FWHM 3.4
Software CCDAutoPilot, MaxIm DL, PixInsight, Photoshop CS6
Notes Captured in the morning hours of 12 nights with good transparency.
Average object altitude ~20 degrees.

The 30 Doradus region in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is the largest known star forming region in the local group of galaxies. R136 in the center of NGC 2070 (Tarantula Nebula) is an extremely dense cluster of stars (121 stars within a diameter of 15 Lj) that produces about half of the ionization energy for 30 Doradus. The cluster has a total mass of roughly 450'000 solar masses and containes some of the largest known stars (the largest with about 300 solar masses).

For a labeled image with 122 objects(!) click here (labels by Sakib Rasool).

NGC 2070 preview

click here for a 33% size image, 1500x1201 (2279KB)
click here for a 75% size image, 3370x2695 (8334KB)

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