The Tarantula Nebula is in
the LMC, the Large
Magellanic Cloud; in other
words, this is an emission
nebula in a nearby galaxy
to the Milky Way.  At
180,000 light years distant,
this nebula is extremely
luminous -- in fact, if it were
only 1500 light years distant
(ie the Orion Nebula), it
would cast shadows on the
earth at night! This region
also gave birth to the
closest supernova to earth
since man has gazed
starward with a telescope  
-- Supernova 1987A
This image uses 45 minutes
of Ha data with the 16" f/11.3
RC and Apogee U9, overlayed
on the wide field  
of the Tarantula that
was taken last year with the
FSQ and STL11K combo.

Data acquired at

Processed with CCD
Inspector,  CCDsoft, Registar,
Sigma Combine, Neat Image,
and Adobe PS.

It is interesting to note that
despite the immense
difference in image scale
between the RC and FSQ
images (0.41"/pixel vs
3.5"/pixel), and despite only
45 minutes of Ha data, this
image turned out rather well!
NGC 2070, Tarantula Nebula
  Click on image to enlarge