The Lagoon Nebula ... Messier 8



The Lagoon Nebula ... Messier 8
M8 is a giant spectacular emission nebula in Sagittarius and is located at a distance of somewhere between 4,500 to 6,000 light-years. Within this awesome nebula, new stars are being born. I took this 16 minute image on June 28, 2019, between 11 pm and Midnight using the wide field 'HyperStarHD' reducer producing a fast and wide f/2 view . Clouds were a fighting challenge in the acquisition of this picture. This cluster is low in the southern sky around 1 am in late June.

Techy Stuff:
Telescope: 11" Celestron Edge HD at f/2
Reducer: Starizona HyperStar HD
Camera: Altair Hypercam 294c Pro TEC
Sensor Temperature: -5C (23F)
Filter: None
Capture software: #SharpCap Pro V 3.2
Guiding: PHD 2 (RMS error: 0.24 ... i.e. very good tracking
Mount: CGX
Mount controls: Celestron PWI V2.1.25
Polar Alignment: QHY Pole Master
Light Frames used: 16 at 60 seconds / Gain: 1,000
Binning: 2x2
Dark Frames: 30
Bias Frames: 30
Flat Frames: None
Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker
Post Processed in PixInsight and Photoshop CC
Seeing Conditions: 5 (0-10, where 0 is total cloud cover)
Moon: No Lunar Interference
Bortle Light-Pollution zone: 6.5 (can barely see the Milkyway)
Air Temperature: 78F (25.5C)
Date: June 28, 2019 from between 11pm - midnight
Location: Backyard, Savannah GA


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