M8 The Lagoon Nebula
Swirling dust clouds and bright newborn stars dominate the view of this vast, 100 light-year-wide, star factory.
The Lagoon Nebula is about 5200 light-years away from Earth and is classified as an emission nebula, which are localised regions of ionised gas which emits light in different colours at wavelengths not always visible to the human eye.
The glowing waters of the Lagoon are really pools of hot gas surrounding the massive young stars found there.
Inside the Nebula are a number of prominent star clusters and other nebulae including a funnel-like structure caused by a hot O-type star that emanates ultraviolet light, heating and ionizing gases on the surface of the nebula. Inside you’ll also see young open star cluster NGC 6530.
- Imaging Telescope: Orion 8" f/3.9 Newtonian Reflector
- Mount: Celestron AVX
- Imaging Camera: Canon 70D, UHS-C filter, Unguided
- Frames: ISO 1000, 30s * 60 Light, 40 Dark, 40 Bias
- Software: BYEOS > Pixinsight > Lightroom
- Location: Barcelona