The Small Magellanic Cloud

Combination of 50, 5 second exposures.
SBIG ST9XE CCD. 50mm f/2 Nikon lens lens.

The Small Magellanic Cloud, along with its larger companion, is one of the showpieces of the southern sky. Easily visible, even in moonlit skies, it shows a wealth of detail even with a small telescope. At the time I took these images, it was at its lowest point in the sky, only about 10 degrees above the southern horizon.

The large, bright object to the left of the SMC is the spectacular globular cluster, NGC 104.