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Lagoon Nebula: Lagoon Nebula or Messier 8 is one of the most prominent nebulae in the sky and a splendid example of a large emission nebula, illuminated by a bright open cluster of young, hot stars down from the center of the image. Also nicely displayed are the various dust spots and lanes from which young stars are probably continuously born, as well as the tremendous shock fronts generated by strong star winds.
An image of the central part you will find here.

The image was taken at the observatory of IAS at Hakos Farm in Namibia.



Object Lagoon Nebula
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation M 008
Constellation Sagittarius
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/3 in corrected primary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3 x 10min Baader H-alpha filter, 2 x 5min each Baader RGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar on Schneider OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop,PixInsight. Color Code L:H-alpha, R/H-alpha,GB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 19 Apr 2012
 
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