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Location of Photo:

Perth, Western Australia

Date/Time of photo:

July 6 2022


Equipment used: Skywatcher 10" f4 Newtonian 250P Skywatcher F4 Aplanatic Coma Corrector Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro Hypertuned by Astronomy Academy Perth ZWO ASI2600MM Pro Cooled Camera Primaluce Sesto Senso2 Electronic Focuser William Optics Uniguide 50/200mm guidescope ZWO ASI290MM Mini Guide Camera ZWO Electronic Filter Wheel Antlia Pro 36mm unmounted filters


The Lagoon Nebula (M8) is an emission nebula in the constellation Sagittarius and a favourite among southern hemisphere astrophotographers. The nebula is around 5,000 light-years away and around 130 light-years in width. It is composed primarily of hydrogen much of it ionized by radiation from the nearby massive star Herschel 36. It is also a star-forming region or stellar nursery. The integration time on this target was shorter than I usually go for but we haven't been having much good weather lately being in the middle of winter. I was pleasantly surprised at the level of detail though for such a short period.