Image of the day 08/08/2015

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



    
        

            Christian van den Berge

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

    Technical card

    Imaging telescopes or lenses: Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8

    Imaging cameras: Nikon D5100

    Mounts: Fornax 51

    Guiding cameras: Lacerta MGEN

    Software: Pixinsight 1.8

    Accessory: Orion Mini 50mm Guidescope


    Frames: 37x600"

    Integration: 6.2 hours


    Basic astrometry details

    Astrometry.net job: 715539


    Resolution: 620x411

    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, 



    
        

            Christian van den Berge