Tuesday, 1 October 2013

NGC 456 Deep Inside the Small Magellanic Cloud, by Steve Crouch

NGC 456

Steve Crouch explains this intriguing shot:
This is a chain of nebulous star clusters in the Small Magellanic Cloud some 20' long. There is considerable OIII emission present. This is a not-often imaged area of the SMC. I don’t really know why there aren’t more images of it.
Catalogue and alternative designations NGC 456 region
Type SMC nebulous star clusters
Position 01 14.4, -73 17
Constellation Tucana (SMC)
Camera and Telescope STXL11002 and 36.8 cm Ritchey Chretien
Focal Ratio F9
Exposure Details LRGB 180:50:50:50 Luminance 1x1, Colours 2x2.  Baader filters