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Lagoon Nebula (M8) Close-up, 


            Rudy Pohl

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Nikon AF-S 300/f4 ED IF, camera lens

Imaging cameras: Nikon D5500 unmodified

Mounts: Sky-watcher Star Adventurer

Guiding telescopes or lenses: StarField 50mm Guidescope

Guiding cameras: Atair GPCAM2 AR130 mono Guidecam

Software: Deep Sky Stacker  ·  Astro Photography Tool APT  ·  Photoshop CS5 Adobe  ·  Pixinsight 1.8 Pleiades Astrophoto

Filters: Hoya Intensifier light pollution filter LP filter

Accessory: Step-down rings aperture mask

Dates:Aug. 5, 2018

Frames: 89x180"

Integration: 4.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 22.90 days

Avg. Moon phase: 42.08%

Basic astrometry details job: 2381811

Resolution: 2067x1355

Data source: Traveller


This is a close-up crop of my previously posted M8-M20 image with a somewhat different processing workflow. It's my first serious attempt at auto-guiding my Star Adventurer and I am fairly happy with the initial results.... so much to learn!



Rudy Pohl
License: None (All rights reserved)


  • Lagoon Nebula (M8) Close-up, 


            Rudy Pohl
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    Lagoon Nebula (M8) Close-up, 


            Rudy Pohl


Description: D5500 unmodifed, Nikon 300/4 ED IF, 4.5 hours, Star Adventurer guided, x3 Drizzle in DSS, PI and PS No selective colour adjustments or saturations have been made on M8, these are the actual colours after using Mark Shalley's ArcSinh Stretch process in Pixinisght followed by a Masked Stretch and Curves contrast adjustment, then finished in Photoshop. I really like the faint blue-teal-green in the core. I did boost the saturation slightly for the background to give a touch more red. The stars in the background have been slightly reduced and have had the excessive cyan fringe manually removed overall..

Sky plot

Sky plot


Lagoon Nebula (M8) Close-up, 


            Rudy Pohl