Lagoon Nebula     M8

M8 is a large cluster of stars and gas nebula 6500 light years away. It has a magnitude of 5.00 and is located in Sagittarius.

Imaged in my backyard on 6/25/01 with a 10" LX200 @ f6.3 with a SBIG ST8E / CFW8 / AO-7 operated at -20c. 4 300 sec. red luminance images were combined.

Digital Development Processing (DDP)  was performed in Maxim DL and mild red variation was added in Photoshop.