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Jon Greif

Location of Photo:

Hurtado Valley, Chile, imaged remotely from La Jolla CA USA via iTelescope.net

Date/Time of photo:

September 10, 2022 between 10 pm and midnight local time.


OTA: Takahashi Epsilon 180ED Optical Design: Hyberbolic, corrected Newtonian astrograph. Aperture: 180mm Focal Length: 500mm F/Ratio: F2.8 Guiding: QHY miniguidescope f4.3 with Loadstar Pro. Mount: Paramount MyT. 2.0 hours exposure/integration time, LRGB filters, processed in Pixinsight 1.8.9.


This is the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), a Southern Hemisphere staple, imaged remotely on September 10, from the iTelescope.net 180 mm (7 inch) reflecting telescope at Rio Hurtado Valley, Chile. The SMC is a dwarf galaxy near the Milky Way, has a diameter of about 18,900 light-years, contains several hundred million stars, has a total mass of approximately 7 billion solar masses, and is about 200,000 light-years from Earth. The SMC is one of the most distant objects visible to the naked eye, visible from the entire Southern Hemisphere, and from latitudes south of about 15° north. The SMC, and its companion galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, are spectacular naked eye sights in the Southern Hemisphere night sky.