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Deep Sky Nebula

The Tarantula Nebula

The Tarantula Nebula is a region of star formation in the Large Magellanic Cloud, 900 light years across. At the centre is a group of hot young stars, the stellar winds from which have shaped the nebula.

This is a single 5 minute exposure using the one shot colour camera on the GRAS G-13 telescope.

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Deep Sky Galaxy

NGC 253

Also known as the Silver Coin galaxy this is a fine spiral galaxy, presented almost edge on at a distance of 10 million light years. It is visible from the UK but never rises very high above the horizon. This picture is a stack of 6 one minute exposures taken with the GRAS G-15 telescope and processed with Maxim DL.

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Deep Sky Galaxy Nebula

More pictures from Southern Skies

As promised, and in no particular order, here are the remaining pictures from my rent-a-scope trial:

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Deep Sky

The Milky Way

This is the result of my first attempt at deep-sky photography. It shows the area around Cygnus (the bright star in the centre is Deneb) and a small portion of the Milky Way.

The photograph consists of five 2 minute exposures (and 3 dark frames) taken with a Canon 350D and the ‘kit’ 18-55 lens piggy-backed on an LXD75 mount. The images have been combined using Iris, a freeware image processing program.