Updated: 8.18.10

M8, also known as the Lagoon Nebula, is a large emission nebula with embedded star cluster situated in the constellation of Sagittarius. Is is located very close to the Trifid Nebula and many other wonderful and bright deepsky objects in the region (including Scorpius). This was taken in two phases, RGB with the M25C from Chiefland and Ha with the H36 monochrome camera from my light polluted location in Florida.

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12.5" Homebuilt Newtonian

Starlight Express SXV-H36 monochrome camera

Starlight Express SXV-M25 one-shot ccd camera

18x10 minutes (180 total) Ha H36

21x8 minutes (168 total) RGB M25C

f/3 with Keller Corrector

Color converted, stacked and flattened in Maxim and tweaked in PS

Guided with SX OAG and SX guide head

4.26.09 Chiefland, FL RGB

9.27.08 Orlando, FL Ha