Messier 8, the 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 on Wiki


Image details:
Telescope: TS 90/600 triplet with 2.5" TS flattener
Mount: Skywatcher HEQ5-Synscan
Camera: Canon 60d (modded)
Exposure: 18 * 600sec
Software: PixInsight
Calibrationfiles: Dark:Yes, Bias:Yes, Flat:Yes

 
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