|M8, The Lagoon and hourglass nebulae, plus an open cluster, - this image cropped and reduced from the original photo, Click on photo above for a full frame full rez image.|
M8 is the brightest, most visible, and interesting nebula (imo) after the Great Orion Nebula (M42). Here you get 3 for the price of one. The overall glowing gas cloud is called the Lagoon Nebula. The bright loose grouping of stars to the left is a gravitationally connected open cluster called NGC 6530. And finally in the center of the brightest area to the right is the Hour Glass Nebula. Altogether, a great visual and photographic sight to see.
F6.3 Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope, (1600mm F.L.) Modified Canon
300D camera with Baader coma corrector and IR-UV filter, possitioned at the scopes prime focus
10 photos aligned and averaged together, then brightness, color, and contrast were enhanced to produce the final photo.
Each photo, 200 seconds exposure at ISO 800