Tarantula Nebula (NGC 2070)

posted: 2004 days ago, on Sunday, 2012 Jan 01 at 08:49
tags: astronomy, deep sky, astrophotography, LMC/SMC, Dale Liebenberg.

The LMC hosts one of the largest star-forming regions we know of. Part of this massive complex is NGC 2070, the Tarantula Nebula.

Dale Liebenberg has been doggedly imaging the Tarantula in the narrow-band and has slowly built up a collection of images since August 2011. Here, he combines the various sets of images into a single superb rendering.

Dale combined a total of 21 images to produce the result above. Each exposure lasted for half an hour, and seven exposures each were made in hydrogen-alpha, O-III and S-II. The hydrogen was mapped to red, oxygen to blue, and sulphur to green. The colours were finally reprocessed in Photoshop. Dale's Celestron EdgeHD 14-inch and SBIG STL11000M are doing a stirling job!

nothing more to see. please move along.