I love these crazy shaped little nebulae in the LMC.
Their bizarre shapes remind me of those crazy cartoon cars from Dick Dastardly & the Wacky Racers cartoons.

First finished tricolour narrowband image with my new Telescope & Mount.
10″f4 CF Newtonian + all extras & Tak NJP mount.

Taken under LP in Suburban Melbourne.
Processed in APP & Photoshop 2018
Ha 3nm 22x10min
S2 3nm 18x10min
O3 3nm 12 x 30min (old RC8 OTA)
RGB 20x60sec each.

Very pleased with the resolution/contrast of the new rig 🙂

Highly Commended – 2019 CWAS David Malin Awards

NGC narrowband image of 2020, 2014 Nebulas in LMC
NGC 2020, 2014 Nebulas in LMC

Capture Details

TelescopeSidereal Trading CF 10"F4 Newtonian
CameraQSI 683 WSG8
MountTakahashi NJP
FiltersAstrodon 5nm Ha, O3, S2 & RGB
Guiding CameraStarlight Xpress Lodestar X2
Integration time (Exposure)13 hrs
LocationSuburban Backyard, Melbourne, Australia
DateDec, 2018

About this Nebula

Two unlikely nebulae located side-by-side. The pinkish nebula on the far left, known as NGC 2014, is an ionized gas cloud comprised almost entirely of hydrogen. A cluster of stars are responsible for the characteristic glow accompanying the ionization. When the stellar winds pierced through the galaxy, hydrogen atoms were stripped of their electrons when they came in contact with ultraviolet radiation streaming from young, energetic stars . The clouds of gas were then reborn when the hydrogen and their electrons recombined.

Its blueish partner (pictured on the right) is NGC 2020. Its bubble-like cavity was naturally carved out as gaseous material was carried away by stellar winds.In contrast to NGC 2014, the bluish hue seen here is the work of one single, massive, unstable star called a Wolf-Rayet star. Instead of acting as an agent for the ionization of hydrogen, this star is responsible for ionizing surrounding oxygen atoms. (Hence the variation in color)

The rose-like Dragon Head Nebula NGC 2032/2040 is pictured to the right. (Description: ESO/APOD)

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