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Messier 8 – The Lagoon Nebula in the Constellation Sagittarius | by The Dark Side Observatory
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Messier 8 – The Lagoon Nebula in the Constellation Sagittarius

Here is a wide-field view of the star forming region named the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8, M8) in the constellation Sagittarius. It encompasses the open cluster NGC 6530 (left of center) and the image also captures the globular cluster NGC 6544 in the lower left. From www.messier.seds.org/m/m008.html "One of the remarkable features of the Lagoon Nebula is the presence of dark nebulae known as 'globules' (Burnham) which are collapsing protostellar clouds with diameters of about 10,000 AU (Astronomical Units).

 

Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mm ED Triplet APO Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, ISO 3200, 15 x 60 second exposures with dark/bias frames, guided using a ZWO ASI290MC and Orion 60mm guide scope. Image date: October 1, 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, PA, USA.

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Taken on October 4, 2018