M8 The Lagoon Nebula

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Image Data: Object Information:
  • Exposure:  7x5 minutes
  • Telescope: Stellarvue SV80S @ f/5.98
  • Mount:  Meade LX200 w/ super wedge
  • Camera:  SBIG ST-2000XM CCD, SBIG CFW-8
  • Location:  My backyard in Goleta, CA
  • Date/Time: August 21, 2003,  21:52-22:36 PDT
  • Processing: Taken, and reduced in CCDSoft v5.  Combined with Ray Gralak's Sigma Clip.  Curves applied in Photoshop.  Unsharp mask in Photoshop.
  • Notes: First image with the new SV80S APO refractor.  See here for a first light evaluation of the optics in this nice scope.
  • Name:  M8, The Lagoon Nebula, NGC 6523
  • Type:  Emission Nebula and Star Cluster
  • Constellation:  Sagittarius
  • Distance: 5200 light years
  • Angular Diameter:  90' x 40'
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