The Tarantula Nebula in the LMC. also known as 30 Doradus, or NGC 2070 it  is an H II region in the Large Magellanic Cloud.

The Tarantula Nebula is approximately 180,000 light years from earth.

Taken on a home moded Canon20d thru a 152mm f8 four element "INTANE OPTICS" Super APO refractor.

Takahashi NJP Temma II mount and The Sky Six Pro. Autoguider is DSI Pro and Mitsuboshi Off Axis Guider thanks to PHD and Shoe String Astro.

No filters apart from LP front filter. 6 x 10 minute exposures at 800ASA.

Processing with Images Plus and Paint Shop Pro.

Taken from Onerahi, Whangarei New Zealand in October 2007.