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Tarantula nebula image release

30 Apr 2014, 20:43 UTC
Tarantula nebula image release
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As part of the commissioning process for our new science camera, Sinistro, some of the science team have been taking long exposures to see what the camera is capable of. Below is a colour composite image from over 7 hours, and 93 image, worth of observing effort, taken at the Cerro Tololo site of LCOGT. The image was taken with Bessell B, V and R filters separately and combined to create a full colour image. The patch of sky this image is looking at is 26 square arcminutes, using 16 million pixels.Thanks go to Jason Eastman for the image processesing of this image, Joe Tufts for the instrument development, and Rachel Street for commissioning the instruments. You can download the fullsize image from the thumbnail on the right. Media:

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