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M08, Lagoon Nebula

The Lagoon Nebula (catalogued as Messier 8 or M8, and as NGC 6523) is a giant interstellar cloud in the constellation Sagittarius. It is classified as an emission nebula and as an H II region. The Lagoon Nebula was discovered by Giovanni Hodierna before 1654 and is one of only two star-forming nebulae faintly visible to the naked eye from mid-northern latitudes. Seen with binoculars, it appears as a distinct oval cloudlike patch with a definite core. In the foreground is the open cluster NGC 6530. Read more.

Name and aliases M 8
Common names Lagoon, Lagoon Nebula
Type HII (ionized) region
Coordinates 18:03:37.00 -24:23:12.0
Radial velocity 3.8 km/s
Link Simbad
Link HyperLeda

M8, Lagoon Nebula

Canon 60d (modded)
TS 90/600
Skywatcher HEQ5
Guiding camera
Starlight Xpress Lodestar
18 * 600sec