The Large Magellanic cloud is a very special object. Of all the prints available here, this is the only one, of another galaxy, a satellite galaxy of our own, gravitationally bound with the Milky Way on an unavoidable collision course to eventually merge with our galaxy.|
The Photo: contains 48 hours of exposures across 18 individual 3-megapixel photographs taken with a cooled astronomical camera looking through a Hydrogen-alpha filter which passes light from the nebula and rejects earth-based light-pollution. After assembly into a single high-resolution black and white mosaic, a second natural colour image was blended to produce the final result shown here.
Telescope: A Maksutov-Newtonian telescope , having 190mm diameter mirror at f/6, or 900mm focal length.
Camera: SBIG ST10XE. Thermo-electrically cooled astronomical CCD camera.
The Print: is a high-resolution archival-quality print onto 250GSM gloss photographic paper
The Frame: is very durable black aluminium with 1mm clear UV-protected polycarbonate (no glass).
Photographer: Eddie Trimarchi
Available in two sizes, A2: 594 x 420mm and A3: 420 x 297mm