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Messier 8
Object Information:

M8, Messier 8, Lagoon Nebula

The Lagoon Nebula is a beautiful star forming region in the constellation of Sagittarius and is named for the dark "lagoon" seen in the center when looking at the object through a telescope.

The open cluster NGC 6530, at center left, is situated just in front of the nebula. The brightest area, to the right of center, is presently an area of very active star formation.

Image date:

May 21 - 22, 2017

Exposure Information:

6 hours total exposure time - 1.5 hours luminance, 1.5 hours red, 1.5 hours green and 1.5 hours blue.

Imaged at:

San Diego Astronomy Association site at Tierra del Sol, San Diego County, CA

Equipment:

RCOS 10" f/9 RC, AP 900 GTO, SBIG STT-8300M