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Takahashi FSQ 106 @ f/5
Baader SII, Ha, OIII Filters
CTIO, Chile

SII-Ha-OIII image:

SII =  30 min x 8,  1x1
Ha=  30 min x 18, 1x1
OIII= 30 min x 10, 1x1

Processed with CCD
Inspector, CCDsoft, Registar,
Sigma Combine, CCDsharp,
Neat Image, and Adobe PS.
Final tweaking performed by
Jack Harvey with PixInsight.
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.