The large Magellanic Cloud galaxy taken at 70 mm focal length with a total exposure of 69 minutes shows the distorted shape and extended wispy structures quite well. It is about 14,000 light years across, 160,000 light years from us and roughly 1/10th the mass of the Milky Way about which it is orbiting.
Date and Location - 2010-11-01 at Lake Okareka, New Zealand.
Conditions - 22 deg C with scattered clouds moving through.
Equipment - Astrotrack mounted modifed Canon T1i camera with 70-200mm lens at 70mm focal length.
Exposure - 138 light frames at 30s ea. and ISO 3200 with 28 darks for calibration.
Processing in Images Plus and Photoshop