The Lagoon Nebula - M8 Emission Nebula in Sagittarius

Uploaded 7/5//10

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The Lagoon Nebula is over a degree across, nearly the size of this 2.5 degree field. Crossing diagonally through its center is Barnard 88, a river like dark nebula cut into parallel bands here. The splashy bright open cluster to the left is NGC6530, a 4.6 magnitude object, 14 acrcmins in size. The bright object to the right of center in the heart of the nebula is the Hourglass Nebula. Recent Hubble images of this area revealed tornado like vortexes present. Numerous small dark globules of dust lie within this object, many of which contain dim infrared proto stars forming new solar systems like our own.

I imaged this nebula in the brightest part of our sky for the first half of the sequence, however careful processing removes the sky glow and enhances the red hydrogen components.

Optics: 8" f/4 Newtonian Astrograph w/Baader MPCC Coma Corrector Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO800 Exposure: 24 x 5m = 2 hours Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 3/10, Transparency 6/10 Outside Temperature: 60F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Images Plus 3.82 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS