Object  M8- The Lagoon Nebula

M8 Nebula is located in the constellation of Sagittarius and is visible to the naked eye. Encompassed within the nebula, on the eastern side of the dark rift is Ngc 6530, a cluster of about 25 stars of 7th mag. and fainter,  formed recently from the surrounding gas. On the other side of the rift is a dominated by two main stars, the brighter of which is the blue- white super giant 9 Sagitarii @ mag. 6. Located approximately 5,200 L.y. away.

Date Lum-16/ 4/ 07 & RGB data 12/ 5/ 07
Location BayTop Observatory- Streaky Bay South Australia
Instrument Home built 10" Newtonian (Bob Royce primary) and an Antares 1/20th wave secondary with MPCC coma corrector. System working @ native f4/ 1016 FL  1.35 arcsec/pixel- FOV  23.3x29.4
Mount Celestron CI700 controlled by a Mel Bartels Goto Control System with Vexta PK264m-01b motors with a pulley and belt system
Camera (CCD) Starlight Xpress HX916 monochrome CCD with Atik manual filter wheel.
Exposures L: 40R:10G:10B:10' [1' sub exposures all unbinned]   No dark frames removed.
Guiding   All unguided exposures.
Filters Astronomik typeII clr  RGB filter set
Notes/ Conditions

 Conditions- Taking the Lum the seeing was a little average but the transparency was excellent. Average FWHM 1.2 (2xs binned). Taking the colour channels conditions were quite poor, average FWHM 1.5 (2xs binned).