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



    
        

            Al Bates
Lagoon Nebula Messier 8 NGC 6523
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Lagoon Nebula Messier 8 NGC 6523

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Lagoon Nebula Messier 8 NGC 6523, 



    
        

            Al Bates
Lagoon Nebula Messier 8 NGC 6523
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Lagoon Nebula Messier 8 NGC 6523

Equipment

Imaging Telescopes Or Lenses
Celestron C-14
Imaging Cameras
ZWO ASI071MC Pro
Mounts
Paramount ME
Filters
Optolong 2" L-eNhance
Software
Photo Shop CS6 · ShapCap · Pixlnsight
Guiding Telescopes Or Lenses
No Guiding
Guiding Cameras
No Guiding

Acquisition details

Dates:
Sept. 19, 2019
Frames:
70×90(1h 45′)
Integration:
1h 45′
Avg. Moon age:
19.61 days
Avg. Moon phase:
75.73%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3047552

RA center: 18h04m11s.0

DEC center: -24°2656

Pixel scale: 1.437 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 50.598 degrees

Field radius: 1.185 degrees

Resolution: 4944x3284

File size: 15.5 MB

Locations: AL Bates Observatory, Manchester, Michigan, United States

Data source: Backyard

Description

The Lagoon Nebula Messier 8, NGC 6523 is a gigantic interstellar cloud in the constellation Sagittarius that's within our Milky Way Galaxy, located about 5,200 light-years away from Earth and covers an area of ​​space of about 140 by 60 light-years. The Lagoon is one of the finest star-forming regions in the sky. It is divided by a dark lane of dust and near the center we can see the open cluster NGC 6530 composed of several bright stars, which will have formed inside only a few million years ago.

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Lagoon Nebula Messier 8 NGC 6523, 



    
        

            Al Bates