Large Magellanic Cloud

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The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is a nearby galaxy, and a satellite of the Milky Way. At a distance of slightly less than 50 kiloparsecs (≈163,000 light-years), the LMC is the third closest galaxy to the Milky Way, with the Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal (~ 16 kiloparsecs) and the putative Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy (~ 12.9 kiloparsecs, though its status as a galaxy is under dispute) lying closer to the center of the Milky Way. It has a mass equivalent to approximately 10 billion times the mass of the Sun (1010 solar masses), making it roughly 1/100 as massive as the Milky Way, and a diameter of about 14,000 light-years (~ 4.3kpc). The LMC is the fourth largest galaxy in the Local Group, after the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), the Milky Way, and theTriangulum Galaxy (M33).

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Pentax Takumar 67 SMC 75mm f/4
Imaging cameras: Canon EOS 1000D / Rebel XS
Mounts: Losmandy G11
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Astro-Physics AP130 Gran Turismo
Guiding cameras: Philips SP 900 NC
Software: PixInsight, Canon Digital Photo Professional, PHD guiding
Dates: Sept. 24, 2011
Frames: 18×300″
Integration: 1.5 hours

Author: Ignacio Diaz Bobillo

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20 March 2014