Observation by Nick James: The Magellanic Clouds

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Nick James


Nick James


2020 Dec 16 - 01:46


2020 Dec 29 - 11:17


The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)
The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC)

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Field centre

RA: 03h31m
Dec: -79°01'
Position angle: -15°16'

Field size

38° × 26°

  • Sony A7s, 50mm, f/1.8 lens

117 x 5s


Bariloche, Angentina

Target name

Magellanic Clouds


The Magellanic Clouds

About this image

Taking the opportunity to see the southern summer sky we drove out of Bariloche to a fairly dark site the day after the eclipse. This is a stack of 117 short exposures taken with my Sony A7s on a fixed tripod. It uses a Sony 50mm lens which is quite good optically but which goes off a bit towards the corners when used nearly fully open. The large and small Magellanic clouds are high above the southern pole in the evening at this time of year and they were both easily visible to the naked eye. Lots of detail was visible in binoculars. The large globular cluster, 47 Tuc, is visible just to the right of the SMC.   

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