M8 - Lagoon

Updated: 5.22.05

This image represents just a portion of the Lagoon Nebula, M8, in Sagittarius. The combine used here is an RRGB, which short of an H-alpha shot, does well to highlight the many pillars, walls and dark clouds. 87 one minute shots were used in order to preserve the core and large dynamic range of this object. This shot was taken during the May new moon weekend at Chiefland.

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Image info:

10" Homemade Newtonian on a Losmandy Titan Mount

Starlight Express

87x2 mins

f/4 with MPCC

Acquired in Astroart and processed in Maxim as an RRGB image (no darks and no flats)

guided with an STV on a piggybacked Sky90 refractor