Daily Archives: May 5, 2015

The Large Magellanic Cloud


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 theSagittarius 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. The LMC has a diameter of about 14,000 light-years (~ 4.3 kpc) and a mass approximately 10 billion times the mass of the Sun (1010 solar masses), making it roughly 1/100 as massive as the Milky Way. The LMC is the fourth largest galaxy in the Local Group, after the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), the Milky Way, and the Triangulum Galaxy (M33).

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Samyang Walimex 85mm 1.4
Imaging cameras: Canon DSLR 1000(d) modifiziert
Mounts: Skywatcher EQ-5 + Synscan
Guiding cameras: ZWO optical ASI 120mm
Software: Fitswork4,  Adobe Photo Shop
Resolution: 3837×2453
Dates: April 14, 2015
Frames: 20×240″
Integration: 1.3 hours
Avg. Moon age: 24.11 days
Avg. Moon phase: 29.73%
RA center: 80.858 degrees
DEC center: -67.791 degrees
Pixel scale: 13.675 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: -92.003 degrees
Field radius: 8.647 degrees
Locations: Gästefarm Wildacker, Grootfontein, Namibia

Author: sbothe

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