Been a while since I last imaged - been kinda busy with house renovations & work, **** but my muscles are sore!
Anyway, this thing doesn't get a lot of imaging love so here we have N11 in Dorado, the second biggest nebula in the LMC.
Probably needs more RGB, I was cutting it very fine at just 6 subs of each, and the inner star clusters are probably lacking a bit of oomph - but it's really just the crazy swirly NB stuff that I find intriguing here.
I had fun playing with the colour palette, wifey thinks it resembles a rose in space, but it reminds me more of the Tassie Devil from Looney Tunes!
Ha>Magenta:O3>Blue:S2>Orange +RGB stars
Processed in APP, PSCC2019, Topaz NR
Here's the formal description...
NGC 1760 (also designated LHA 120-N 11, informally N11) is an emission nebula, or actually a complex ring of emission nebulae connected by glowing filaments over 1000 light-years across and located about 160,000 light-years away within the Large Magellanic Cloud, in the constellation of Dorado. It is one of the most active star formation regions in the nearby Universe.
It is one of the largest and most spectacular star-forming regions within the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), the largest satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. In fact, it is the second largest, only surpassed in the size and activity by the Tarantula nebula (or 30 Doradus), located at the opposite side of the LMC. The dramatic and colorful features visible in the nebula are the telltale signs of star formation.
A leading hypothesis for the formation of NGC 1760 is that several successive generations of stars, each of which formed further away from the center of the nebula than the last, have created shells of gas and dust. These shells were blown away from the newborn stars in the turmoil of their energetic birth and early life, creating the ring- and bean-like shapes so prominent in this image.
In NGC 1760 altogether, three generations of stars can be found. ‘Grandmother’ stars that have carved a large superbubble, leading to the birth of the cluster of massive bright blue-white ‘mother’ stars (NGC 1761) in the center. These in turn gives birth to new star ‘babies’ inside the dark globules.
NGC 1761 (also designated LH9) is composed of about 50 massive hot young stars that emit intense ultraviolet radiation that has eroded a large hole in their surroundings. These stars are among the most massive stars known anywhere in the Universe. The bright region just above center is N11B, another explosive domain where stars are being formed even today.
(Annes Astronomy News)