LMC nebulae around N55

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The Large Magellanic Cloud hosts numerous gas clouds that are, generally, star birth sites. This case is not an exception and N55, N64 and N62/N62B are active star birth regions. This image shows some additional objects (most of them in the left half) that are interesting. First, SNR B0535-66.0, a SuperNova remnant located just in front of NGC 2030, an emission nebula. A distant background galaxy is shown close to N62B and labeled LEDA 178603. A reliable redshift of it has not been found.

The third object is the tiny nebula shown left of center and labeled with “?”. This nebula is not catalogued nor described in the literature.


This image was taken with narrowband filters (Halpha and OIII) and mapped to natural colors (Ha: R and 15% B; OIII: G and B).

Additional Information


Name(s): N55, N62 and N64

Type: Emission Nebulae

RA:  05h 34m 00s

Dec: -66º 16’ 46”

Constellation: Doradus

Size (arcmin): 3×3 arcmin (N55)


Distance: 170,000 ly


Date: 2019-01-16 to 2019-01-25

Location: iTelescope.net, SSO near Coonabarabran, NSW Australia

Size (arcmin): 36×35 arcmin

Telescope: 20” f/6.8 Reflector

Camera: SBIG STX16803 (4096x4096pix)

Guiding: Astrodon MonsterMOAG off-axis guider

Total exposure: 15 hours (Ha: 6.5 h; OIII: 7 h; RGB: 1.5h)

Processing: CCDStack, Photoshop CC 2019


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