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Small MAgellanic Cloud

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The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is a dwarf galaxy.It is classified as a dwarf irregular galaxy. It has a diameter of about 7,000 light-years[4] and contains several hundred million stars. It has a total mass of approximately 7 billion times the mass of the Sun. Some speculate that the SMC was once a barred spiral galaxy that was disrupted by the Milky Way to become somewhat irregular. It contains a central bar structure. 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. With a mean declination of approximately −73 degrees, it can only be viewed from the Southern Hemisphere and the lower latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere. It is located in the constellation of Tucana and appears as a hazy, light patch in the night sky about 3 degrees across. It looks like a detached piece of the Milky Way. Since it has a very low surface brightness, it is best viewed from a dark site away from city lights. It forms a pair with the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), which lies a further 20 degrees to the east. The Small Magellanic Cloud is a member of the Local Group.

Photo Details

  Telescope: FSQ106EDX (530 mm) Takahashi

  Camera: ST-8300M, Sbig Filter wheel, Baader 36mm round HLRGB filters

  Mount: G11 GT Celestron branded

  Guiding: Off-axis, Orion SS Autoguider

  Exposure: LRGB 2 Panels: L 10x300sec, R 5x300sec, G 5x300sec, B 5x300sec

  When: June 2013

  Other information: Tivoli Farm, Namibia

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