The Tarantula Nebula is locted in the large Magellanic Cloud approximately 160,000 light years away. There are thousands of massive stars blowing off their material to create this huge gas cloud that has been heated to millions of degrees by these stellar winds and also by supernova explosions. Imaged at my Mudgee Observatory, this is a a composition of 2 x 10 minute exposures. Equipment: Celestron HD Edge11 scope, f.5 reducer. CGEM Mount for tracking only. SBIG ST4000 camera & AO8. Guiding was with the AO8 unit only.