The Magellanic Clouds

Deep View of the Large and Small Magellanic CloudsEach of the thousands of white spots in this new image is a distant star, and the blue holes are our neighboring galaxies, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. Click on the image to embiggen it. Although this image looks as if it was made on a large telescope, it was taken using a portable setup consisting of a SBIG STL-11000M CCD camera and a Canon prime lens. It’s an example of how a small camera, a fast lens and a long exposure time can reveal huge faint features better than even a big telescope given good seeing conditions.

Image Credit: ESO

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