Image of the day 08/08/2015

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Wide field view on Sagittarius with M20, M8, M16, M17 and M24

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens: Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8

Imaging camera: Nikon D5100

Mount: Fornax 51

Guiding camera: Lacerta MGEN

Software: Pixinsight 1.8

Accessory: Orion Mini 50mm Guidescope

Resolution: 4928x3264

Frames: 37x600"

Integration: 6.2 hours

Astrometry.net job: 715539

Locations: Kiripotib, Dordabis, Namibia

Description

This part of the milky way contains a 'hole', granting us a look through the Sagittarius-Carina spiral arm to the Norma arm, which is 6000 light year farther away. You can see it in this picture in the middle where there appears to be a 'star cloud', known as the Sagittarius Star Cloud, or M24. It's not a real star cluster, but merely stars that lie in the line of sight within the 'tunnel' towards the center of our Milky Way

Nikon D5100 with the Nikkor 80-200mm F2.8 used at 80mm F4.
35x5min. ISO 800 + 20x10min ISO 400

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Wide field view on Sagittarius with M20, M8, M16, M17 and M24, 




    

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