NGC 292  -  Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC)

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Object data of NGC292

Object type: dwarf galaxy (SBm)
Size: 319' x 205'
Magnitude: 2.8 mag
Constellation: Tuc
Distance: 200,000 Ly
Notes: The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC = NGC 292 = Nubecula minor) is an irregular dwarf galaxy. It has a total mass of approximately 7 billion times the mass of the Sun. At a distance of about 200,000 lightyears, it is one of the Milky Way's nearest neighbors. The SMC forms a pair with the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), which lies a further 20 degrees to the east (not visible in the above image).

The bright globular cluster visible in the above image is NGC 104, also known as 47 Tuc. With a distance of 17,000 lightyears, NGC 104 is 10 times nearer than NGC 292.

Exposure data

Date: 2015-10-20
Location: Hacienda Los Andes / Chile (1100m)
Telescope: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G @ f=300mm f/5.3
Camera: Nikon D810A (ISO800)
Mount: Astro-Physics Mach1GTO
Exposure time: 21x3min
Exposure time total: 1h 03min
Notes: Image acquisition by CEDIC team (Christoph Kaltseis, Bernhard Hubl, Markus Blauensteiner, Justin Kabaus)

Image processing by Christoph Kaltseis