Lagoon Nebula - M8

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The Lagoon Nebula (also known as Messier Object 8 (M8) and NGC 6523) is a giant interstellar cloud, classified as an emission nebula and H II region, in the constellation Sagittarius. At an estimated distance of 4,100 light-years, the Lagoon is one of only two star-forming nebulae faintly visible to the naked eye from mid-northern latitudes. In binoculars, the Lagoon is a distinct oval cloudlike patch with a definite core, like a pale celestial flower. The nebula has a fragile star cluster superimposed on it, making this one of the leading celestial sights of summer night skies.

LRGB + Ha light frames - stack of total time 250 mins
Telescope: Skywatcher ED80
CCD: ATIK 314L Mono
Location: Gytheio Lakonias, Greece

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  1. 59 months ago | reply

    Hello, this is the blind astrometry solver. Your results are:
    (RA, Dec) center:(271.112527112, -24.3238587951) degrees
    (RA, Dec) center (H:M:S, D:M:S):(18:04:27.007, -24:19:25.892)
    Orientation:179.19 deg E of N

    Pixel scale:2.21 arcsec/pixel

    Parity:Normal ("Right-handed")
    Field size :50.51 x 37.86 arcminutes
    Your field contains:
    The star 7Sgr
    The star 9Sgr
    NGC 6526
    NGC 6523 / Hourglass nebula / Lagoon nebula / M 8
    NGC 6530

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