The Carnival of the Animals (Le carnaval des animaux) is a humorous musical suite of fourteen movements by the French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns.

Many interesting carnival creatures can be seen in this cosmic bouquet in the Large Magellenic Cloud in Dorado. N83 resembles an Arachnid, N81 is a Hermit Crab, NGC 1727 is a Baby Octopus, DEM L36 is a Bird of Prey. Cookie monster can be seen far right, and N185 is an upturned snail.


NGC 1772, NGC 1727 nebula in narrowband
NGC 1772, NGC 1727 nebula in narrowband

Capture Details

TelescopeTakahashi TOA-130
CameraQSI 6162 WSG8
MountTakahashi NJP Temma 2
FiltersChroma 5nm Ha & S2, 3nm O3 & RGB
Guiding CameraStarlight Xpress Lodestar X2
Integration time (Exposure)15.8 hrs
LocationBurwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
DateOct, 2020

About this Nebula

In this, the youngest part of the LMC complex, Testor & Lortet report the discovery of un-evolved O stars in N83 and N84 noting the high degree of fragmentation of the ionized gas first suspected from nebular morphology and excitation.

Rarely (if ever?) imaged in isolation, this remarkable collection of interesting nebulae are located East of the famous Tarantula Nebula NGD 2070.

Viewers with a keen eye will also see not less than a dozen tiny star clusters in this field.

Photographed from lockdown central, Melbourne, Australia.

Le Carnaval des Animaux

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Carnival of the Animals is Camille Saint-Saëns delightful salute to feathers, fur and fins!

- Camille Saint-Saëns