M8 The Lagoon Nebula
This image was taken using a QHY8 camera on the LX200. Telescope mounted on Meade Super Wedge and guided with PHD on a Vixen VMC95L guide scope.
Discovered by Hodierna about 1654.
The Lagoon Nebula Messier 8 (M8, NGC 6523) is one of the finest and brightest star-forming regions in the sky. It is a giant cloud of interstellar matter which is currently undergoing vivid star formation, and has already formed a considerable cluster of young stars.
The Lagoon Nebula is estimated to be between 4,000-6,000 light years from the Earth. In the sky of Earth, it spans 90′ by 40′, translates to an actual dimension of 110 by 50 light years. Like many nebulas, it appears pink in time-exposure color photos but is gray to the eye peering through binoculars or a telescope, human vision having poor color sensitivity at low light levels.
This is an image for Astrophotography by Martin Marriette.