[5] Small Magellanic Cloud in Tucana with NGC362 & NGC104 (47 Tucanae)
Al Brockman
Tak FSQ-106 @ f/5 (530 mm)
  Ningaloo skies Observatory,Exmouth, WA on 2009, Aug 17-23
Exposure type:
  L (10 x 300") Binned 1x1, RGB (6 x 300") Binned 2x2
  Paramount ME on ATS Portable Pier
Image Scale:
  3.5 arc sec/pixel, FOV:156 x 234 arc min
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Additional Notes:

The SMC is an irregular galaxy distant about 60,000 pc and is a satellite of the Milky Way. There are a large number of interesting objects within it including: NGC330 - a very bright knot of stars, 1 min across in a field sown with faint stars; NGC346 - a large bright irregular haze 4 min across being a giant emission nebula and the largest HII region in the SMC; NGC371 - an almost nebulous star cloud 5 min across; NGC376 - a small bright irregular knot of faint stars 30 sec across; NGC419 - a star cluster 1.5 min across; IC1644 - a fairly bright bluish nebula in a field with a few scattered stars, a compact HII region of high surface brightness; NGC456 - one of a chain of small star clusters with some emission nebulosity. The chain is 20 min long, running irregularly from north west to south east and is sprinkled over with brighter stars.

Design and production 2009 byAl Brockman