NGC346 Comparison to MPG/ESO
Side by side comparison of my image of NGC346 with an image from the ESO telescope MPG. I did all the processing without looking at the ESO image; I was actually using a Hubble image as reference for the star colors and was getting annoyed that the nebula wasn't coming out with a similar color. I was very pleased when I stumbled upon the ESO image and saw how similar mine was to theirs, and even more happy to see that I appear to have recovered every single star that they did. Impressive considering our scope is 0.6 meters and theirs is 2.2 meters. Although the resolution advantage of the large MPG/ESO scope is quite clear looking at the detail in the nebula.
The image I took was using the SARA-S telescope and an Apogee Alta E6 ccd camera. The observatory is located at CTIO in Chile and is remotely operated over the internet.
To see the full rez version of the ESO image click here.
Credit: Don Schumacher, Jr., ESO