Takahashi FSQ 106 @ f/5
Astrodon LRGB
CTIO, Chile

RRGB image with
48 minutes/channel

Processed with CCD
Inspector, CCDsoft, Registar,
Sigma Combine, CCDsharp,
Neat Image, and Adobe PS
The Tarantula Nebula is
located within the Large
Megallanic Cloud, a smaller
neighbor galaxy to our Milky
Way, and about 160,000
lightyears distant. The
Tarantula is quite luminous,
and if it were located as
close as the Orion Nebula
(1500 lightyears), it would
easily cast shadows! The
closest supernova
(SN1987A) since the
invention of the telescope
occurred in this nebula. The
Tarantula is a southern
hemisphere object, and the
data for this image was
acquired remotely from CTIO
in Chile.
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