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NGC 2070 - 24.8.2019 at 00.30 Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia Observation number 86849

Visibility IV / V

Juha Ojanperä, Porin Karhunvartijat

The tarantula mist, or NGC 2070, is already visible to the naked eye in the clouds of the Great Magellan at the eastern end. The tarantula mist is the most famous extragalactic target of the Great Magellanic Cloud. The Tarantula Nebula is a huge HII area, and may be even the second largest in the entire Local Group, only the NGC 604 of the Triangle Galaxy can be bigger than that. With the telescope, the Tarantulas mist appears as a clear and compact misty spot that clears clearly towards the center. In the middle of the fog, two star-like brightnesses can be distinguished. The OIII filter did little to help detect fog, but it looked just fine without the filter.

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  • Observation target
    • Deep space object
  • Designation
    • NGC 2070
    • Näyttävä
  • Constellation
    • Dorado
  • Field of view
  • 102 arc minutes
  • Magnification
    • 40
  • Weather
    • Selkeää, tyyntä, kuiva ilma, +2C, Kuu juuri noussut, SQM: 21.42
  • Darkness
    • Excellent
  • Seeing
    • Excellent
  • Nebulae
    • Emission nebula info

      In an emission nebula the hot stars nearby cause the gas glow. This should not mix with reflection nebula, where the gas is only lit up by nearby stars.

      The appearance of a gas nebula is irregular, and the fainter parts of it need bigger instruments to be visible.


      Emssion nebulae in Cepheus. The bigger part is composed of the nebulae Cederblad 214 (Ced214) and NGC 7822. The lower round nebula is called Sharpless 170 (Sh2-170). Image J-P Metsävainio.


      The Orion nebula. Image Samuli Vuorinen.


      In this 4-degree-field there are emission nebulae Sh2-157, Sh2-158, Sh2-159, Sh2-161 and Sh2-162 (or NGC 7635 aka Bubble Nebula) and open clusters M52 and NGC 7510. Image Juha Kepsu.


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Technical information

Visual observation, pencil drawing on cardboard, telescope: L80 / 400 mm, eyepiece: 10 mm Baader Hyperion, scanned and slightly retouched with Paint Sho Pro

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