#1: The Magellanic Clouds

The Magellanic Clouds is the topic of Part #1 of our image presentation, where we want to share the results from our astrophotography-trip to the Hacienda Los Andes in Chile.

The two Magellanic Clouds are irregular dwarf galaxies visible from the southern hemisphere, which are members of our Local Group and may be orbiting our Milky Way galaxy. The two galaxies are: Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) and Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC). The LMC lies about 170,000 light years away, while the distance of the SMC is around 200,000 light years.

Const. Hyi + LMC & SMC

LMC & SMC @ 35mm

SMC @ 200mm

NGC 2070, the Tarantula Nebula, is the most fascinating object inside the LMC. The Tarantula Nebula is a huge emission nebula with strong emission in O[III]. This explains, why blue is the dominating colour in our images, although most of the well known images of NGC 2070 show red as the main colour.

LMC @ 200mm

NGC 2070 - AP175

NGC 2070 - RCOS 14"