NGC 2032 (Dragon's Head), NGC 2011, 2014, 2020, 2021 a.o. in Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)

© Velimir Popov & Emil Ivanov 2016
Size: 2000 px

Visible as a faint "cloud" in the night sky of the southern hemisphere straddling the border between the constellations of Dorado and Mensa, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is a nearby galaxy, and a satellite of the Milky Way. At a distance of about 50 kiloparsecs (≈163,000 light-years), the LMC is the third closest galaxy to the Milky Way, after the Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal (~ 16 kiloparsecs) and the putative Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy (~ 12.9 kiloparsecs, though its status as a galaxy is not certain).Its visual diameter is more than 20 times the width of the full moon. This image shows a part of LMC and includes several emission nebulae and star clusters.


Image details


Center of field RA 05:35:32 (h:m:s)
Center of field DE -67:34:51 (deg:m:s)
Size 1.39 x 1.39 (deg)
Pixel scale: 1.03 (arcsec/pixel)
Orientation: Up is -1.1 degrees E of N
Charts and image details obtained from
Optic(s): 16" f3,75 Dream Corrected Astrograph (DCA)
Mount: Astelco NTM-500 direct drive mount
Camera: Apogee Alta U-16M CCD camera
Filters: Lum, Red, Green, Blue Astrodon
Dates/Times: 22 Aug. 2014
Location: Namibia-TIVOLI ASTROFARM, S 23° 27' 40,9" / E 18° 01' 02,2"
Exp. Details:

L:3x10min,R:3x10min, G3x10min, B:3x10min,B:3x15min, Bin 1 Total Exposure Time 165 min.

More details: Dark and flat frames reduction
Processing: PixInsight / PS
Copyright: Velimir Popov and Emil Ivanov 2016. All Rights Reserved
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