"The Lagoon Nebula".
The Lagoon Nebula catalogued as Messier 8 and as NGC 6523. It 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 is estimated to be between 4,000-6,000 light years from the Earth.
Instrument: Bintel 8" Newtonian Astrograph.
Focal Ratio: F/4
Camera: Pentax K-x
Camera Sensitivity: iso 1600
Exposure Details: 2 minute subs x 8 + Master Flat In camera dark frames
Date: 29th June 2011
Viewing Location: The Briars Mt Martha
Software Enchancements: DSS PS CS2
Comments: Excellent conditions
Seeing conditions: 8
Author: Paul Albers
Mon Oct 22 20:33:52 2012
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