Messier 8, the Lagoon Nebula

M8 is an enormous region of gas, dust, and star formation. Is thought to be about 140 light-years across and about 5,200 light-years distant. It can be found in the constellation Sagittarius, and is faintly visible to the naked eye from a dark site.

Note some very red stars in this image, for example within a wisp of nebulosity to the right of center.

Date: July 2, 2003
Exposure: 60 minutes
Telescope: 10" LX-200 f/10
Guiding: SBIG STV
Camera: Olympus OM-1
Film: Kodak Supra 400 (not hypered)
Scanned: Hewlett Packard S20
Processing: Adjusted curves  in Adobe Photoshop 6. Noise reduction using SGBNR.

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