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The Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8) lies about 5,800 light years away in the constellation of Sagittarius. In the core lies the star cluster NGC 6530 and stars within this cluster illuminate the nebula. The brightest part of the nebula is known as the "Hourglass Nebula". Close inspection will reveal dark spots called Bok Globules. These are thought to be collapsing clouds of gas in the process of forming into proto stars.

Object Information

Name M8
Type Emission Nebula
Constellation Saggitarius
Catalogue M8/NGC 6530

Acquisition / Processing

Exposure LRGB: 120 : 40 : 40 : 40 Minutes
Ha: 120 Minutes
Total 6.00 Hr
Telescope AP 160 @ 7.7
Camera SBIG STL-11
Camera Temp -12ÂșC
Guiding SBIG RGH / Tak 90
Mount AP 900GTO
Filters Astrodon-Gen 2 LRGB, 3nm Ha
Processing PixInsight
Location San Pedro Creek, NM
Date July 20 - September 1, 2012

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