Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Sagittarius (Sgr)  ·  Contains:  Hourglass nebula  ·  Lagoon nebula  ·  M 8  ·  NGC 6523  ·  NGC 6526  ·  NGC 6530  ·  The star 7Sgr  ·  The star 9Sgr
The Lagoon Nebula, 


            Israel Gil Andani
The Lagoon Nebula
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The Lagoon Nebula, 


            Israel Gil Andani
The Lagoon Nebula
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Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi FSQ-106N

Imaging cameras: Moravian Instruments G2 8300

Mounts: Sky-Watcher Neq6 PRO II Tuned

Guiding telescopes or lenses: EZG 60

Guiding cameras: ZWO optical ASI120MM-S

Software: Stark Labs PHD guiding PHD 2  ·  EQMOD  ·  Sequence Generator Pro  ·  PixInsight  ·  Simulation Curriculum Starry Night Pro 7

Filters: Baader Planetarium LRGB 36mm

Frames: 62x600" (10h 20')

Integration: 10h 20'

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 1742213

RA center: 18h04m12s.5

DEC center: -24°1337

Pixel scale: 2.098 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 359.729 degrees

Field radius: 1.199 degrees

Resolution: 3265x2500


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.


Sky plot

Sky plot


The Lagoon Nebula, 


            Israel Gil Andani

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