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bloodhound31
post Aug 30 2011, 05:24 AM
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The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is a nearby irregular galaxy, and is a satellite of the Milky Way. At a distance of slightly less than 50 kiloparsecs (≈160,000 light-years), the LMC is the third closest galaxy to the Milky Way. It has a mass equivalent to approximately 10 billion times the mass of our Sun (1010 solar masses), making it roughly 1/100 as massive as the Milky Way, and a diameter of about 14,000 light-years.

The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is a dwarf galaxy with a diameter of about 7,000 light-years and contains several hundred million stars. It has a total mass of approximately 7 billion times the mass of our Sun.
At a distance of about 200,000 light-years, it is one of the Milky Way's nearest neighbors. It is also one of the most distant objects that can be seen with the naked eye.

Each image is a stack of around 8 subframes of five minutes each. Taken with a 5DMK II and 70-200 f/4L at 70mm. Star tracking was done with the camera mounted to my EQ6 pro telescope mount.

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Ron Walker
post Aug 30 2011, 12:33 PM
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Again, your pictures are outstanding! I also must commend you on the astrophotography section of your website accessed under "EQ6 pro telescope mount". With your simple and clear instructions I think even I can take some decent pictures. Thank You for some great and clear information.
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bloodhound31
post Aug 31 2011, 09:40 AM
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My pleasure Ron, glad you got something from it mate!

Baz.
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