N36, N37 and multiple small nebulae in the SMC

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This image shows a region that is very rarely visited by amateur astrophotographers. Actually, I have only found wide field images that, also, contained this region, but no higher resolution images. The Small Magellanic Cloud, SMC, is a small galaxy (satellite of the Milky Way) that has numerous HII (red) regions that show a high rate of star formation. In the annotated version below, several of them have been identified. Additional to these, a Planetary Nebula ([JD2002] 13) and several open clusters are also present.

This image was taken with narrowband filters and mapped to natural colors. The short RGB exposures were taken and processed in a way as to preserve the natural colors of the surrounding stars.

Additional Information


Name(s): N36, N37,…

Type: Emission Nebulae

RA:  00h 50m 53.4s

Dec: -72º 47’ 56.5”

Constellation: Tucana

Size (arcmin): 7×5 arcmin

Magnitude: NA

Distance: 200,000 ly


Date: 2019-06-19 to 2019-12-26

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

Size (arcmin): 34×30 arcmin

Telescope: 20” f/6.8 Reflector

Camera: SBIG STX16803 (4096x4096pix)

Guiding: Astrodon MonsterMOAG off-axis guider

Total exposure: 23 hours (Ha: 12.5h; OIII: 7.5h; RGB: 3h)

Processing: CCDStack, Photoshop CC 2020

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