The Tarantula Nebula, in the
Large Megellanic Cloud, is
the most active star forming
area in or around the Milky
Way.  At 180,000 light years
distant, this nebula is
extremely luminous -- in fact,
if it were only 1500 light
years distant (the distance of
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 is a high resolution
mosaic taken with our large
Chilean-based RC scope.
Compare it to the widefield
FSQ image
HERE
16" RCOS @ f/11.3
Apogee U9
Paramount ME

Data acquired at CTIO

3
frame mosaic:

H
a          16 hrs
O
III        13 hrs
R
ed       6.5 hrs
Green    5 hrs

Blue
     7 hrs

Processed with Maxim,
Adobe PS, and
PixInsigh
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       Tarantula Nebula
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