NGC 346


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NGC 346
Nebula
CTIO, Chile
11-16-2007
Description

NGC 346 is a cluster with nebulosity in the Small Magellanic Cloud residing 210,000 light years distant in the constellation Tucana.  It is considered one of the most spectacular objects in the SMC.  This structure is a very active star forming region with populations of embryonic stars clustered along the dust lanes, and a large cluster of short lived but massive stars that release a torrent of energy seen in the wispy nebular regions.

For an Ha image of this object, click here.

The dust lane is prominently displayed in this HST image.

Technical Details
Exposure Time:
HaR-HaG-HaB with 6.6 hours of Ha and about 1.5 hours per color channel with Ha to color mixed at 85% : 5% : 10% for RGB respectively)
Camera:
Apogee Alta U47
Telescope:
RCOS Carbon Truss 16 inch f/11.3 Ritchey-Chretien
Mount:
Software Bisque Paramount ME
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