M 8  -  Lagoon Nebula

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Object data of M8

Object type: emission nebula
Size: 45' x 30'
Magnitude: 5.0 mag
Constellation: Sgr
Distance: 5,200 Ly

Messier 8 is one of the brightest emission nebulae (at the bottom side of the above image). The nebula near the top side is M20, the Trifid Nebula.

Exposure data

Date: 2009-09-13
Location: La Palma / Spain (1700m)
Telescope: Rubinar300 (2.5" Maksutov Cassegrain f=300mm)
Camera: EOS1000D (ISO400)
Mount: Astrotrac TT320X
Exposure time: 31x2m
Exposure time total: 1h 02m