The Large Magellanic Cloud
Ilford NSW Australia
Televue 76mm Apo refractor
Sky quality meter reading: 21:77
Black Canford paper
White pastel chalk
White pastel pencil
If there is ever an excuse to expound the virtues of a fine quality rich field refractor, then a wide field panorama of the LMC would have to be it.
I have had a number of people just “blown away” by the experience of virtually capturing the entire vista of this magnificent dwarf galaxy in the one field that
I decided whenever the time was right, I will have to attempt a sketch.
The 31mm Nagler I used for this effort was almost as big as the telescope, but the view it gives is a truly noble experience.
At the top of the sketch and very conspicuous is the Tarantula Nebula (NGC 2070).
The rest of the field is strewn with a plethora open clusters and nebulosity to numerous to mention here.
The sketch took quite some time to complete and was very tedious.
However it can never replace the actual visual splendor of this object.
The Large Magellanic Cloud was first mentioned in literature as far back as 964AD.
Amerigo Vespucci recorded observations of it in 1503-04.
Ferdinand Magellan during his voyage in 1519 noted it, and it now bears his name.
The LMC was home to supernova 1987A, the only naked eye supernova visible for over 400 years.