M8 - The Lagoon Nebula


The Lagoon Nebula (NGC 6523) is a 6.0 magnitude diffuse nebulae with a cluster of young stars which has formed from the nebula's material. The Lagoon is 5200 light years distant.

The image above was taken with the ST-8E camera at f/5 on the new FSQ 106N and AP900 from Mistletoe Observatory in Monmouth Oregon Aug 10, 2007.  It is an RGB composite (as detailed below) with a total exposure time of 40 min.  Calibration and alignment were done in MaxIm DL.  Final processing was done with Photoshop.


Exposure Count Binning
Luminance (none)    
Red 10 min 10 x 1 min 1x1
Green 10 min 10 x 1 min 1x1
Blue 20 min 10 x 2 min 1x1

This previous attempt was from July 25, 1998 at the Table Mountain Star Party.

The image above is a single 30 second image taken at f/3.3 with the 12" LX200 and 416XT CCD .