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Image of the day 04/07/2018

    Mars Between Nebulas (M8 & M20), 


            Sebastian Voltmer

    Mars Between Nebulas (M8 & M20)

    Technical card

    Imaging telescope or lens:Takahashi FSQ-106ED

    Imaging camera:FLI MicroLine 16803

    Mount:Software Bisque Paramount PME

    Guiding telescope or lens:Takahashi FSQ-106ED

    Software:FitsWork 4Photoshop CC

    Filter:Astrodon RGB

    Resolution: 1920x2061

    Dates:March 20, 2018

    Frames: 6x180"

    Integration: 0.3 hours

    Avg. Moon age: 2.99 days

    Avg. Moon phase: 9.76%


    What's that bright red spot between the Lagoon and Trifid Nebulas? Mars. This gorgeous color deep-sky photograph captured the red planet passing between the two notable nebulas -- cataloged by the 18th century cosmic registrar Charles Messier as M8 and M20. M20 (upper right of center), the Trifid Nebula, presents a striking contrast in red/blue colors and dark dust lanes. Across the bottom right is the expansive, alluring red glow of M8, the Lagoon Nebula. Both nebulae are a few thousand light-years distant. By comparison, temporarily situated between them both, is the dominant "local" celestial beacon Mars. The red planet was only about 10 light-minutes away.



    Sebastian Voltmer
    License: None (All rights reserved)


    Mars Between Nebulas (M8 & M20), 


            Sebastian Voltmer