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Lagoon Nebula-Center: The Lagoon Nebula is a tremendous star generating area in the constellation of Sagittarius close to the Trifid Nebula. This image displays the central part of the nebula with the Hourglas Nebula in the center which is illuminated by the bright star just next to it.
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The image was taken at the IAS astronomical site at the Hakos farm in Namibia.

Object Lagoon Nebula-Center
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation M 008
Constellation Sagittarius
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/9 in corrected secondary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 2 x 20min Baader H-alpha filter, 2 x 10min each Baader RGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark Frame
Guiding Selfguiding
Processing Maxim DL5, CCDStack, Photoshop. Color Code L:H-alpha,R,G,B
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 17 Apr 2010
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