Lagoon Nebula Messier 8 and Open Cluster NGC 6530       Sagittarius / Schütze
This star-forming cloud of interstellar gas is located in the constellation Sagittarius and its apparent magnitude of 6 makes it faintly visible to the naked eye in dark skies. Located 5,200 light-years from Earth, M8 is home to its own star cluster: NGC 6530 . The massive stars embedded within the nebula give off enormous amounts of ultraviolet radiation, ionizing the gas and causing it to shine.

German Equatorial Mount Award/published Astrobin
Telescope 20" Cassegrain f/3 (1500 mm)
Camera Moravian G2 8300 mono

Filter Astrodon LRGB 1,25''
Exposure R/G/B à 4x6min

1h 12min

IAS Hakos Farm, Namibia