Contains:NGC 6530, M 8, Lagoon nebula, Hourglass nebula, NGC 6523, NGC 6526, The star 9Sgr, The star 7Sgr
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Technical card

Resolution: 3265x2500

Frames: 62x600"

Integration: 10.3 hours job: 1742213

RA center: 271.052 degrees

DEC center: -24.227 degrees

Pixel scale: 2.098 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 359.729 degrees

Field radius: 1.199 degrees

Data source: Unknown


This beautiful cosmic cloud is a popular stop on telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius. Eighteenth century cosmic tourist Charles Messier cataloged the bright nebula as M8. Modern day astronomers recognize the Lagoon Nebula as an active stellar nursery about 5,000 light-years distant, in the direction of the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. Hot stars in the embedded open star cluster NGC 6530 power the nebular glow.

Tech details:
Sky-Watcher NEQ 6 Pro tuned by HAS, Takahashi FSQ-106N, Moravian G2-8300 with Baader filters. 33x600s L + 7x11x11x600s RGB. (10.3 h).
Processed in PixInsight.

I took this image this summer under one of the darkest skies in Spain. Nerpio, Castilla la Mancha.
It was almost a year since my last lrgb image so I hope you like it.



Israel Gil Andani
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Sky plot


The Lagoon Nebula, 


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