Small Magellenic Cloud


The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is a dwarf galaxy near the Milky Way. The SMC is classified as a dwarf irregular galaxy, and has a diameter of about 18,900 light-years and contains several hundred million stars. At a distance of about 200,000 light-years, the SMC is among the nearest neighbors of the Milky Way and is one of the most distant objects visible to the naked eye.

I’ve imaged this over the past 2 months using the iTelescope T08 telescope based at Sliding Spring, Australia. This is a similar setup to my home observatory with a Takahashi FSQ 106mm telescope mounted on a Paramount PME. The imaging camera is an FLI Microline 16803 with 9 micron pixels at 4096 x 4096 resolution.

Imaged over three separate sessions, with a total of 48×180 second images taken across Luminance, Red, Green and Blue. Images were registered and stacked using Pixinsight and some basic processing done using Photoshop.

Thanks for looking.