M8 The Lagoon Nebula Complex in Sagittarius (Modified Canon 6D)

The Lagoon Nebula is a giant interstellar cloud in the constellation Sagittarius, also known as Messier 8, NGC 6523, Sharpless 25, RCW 146, and Gum 72.

It is classified as an emission nebula and as an H II region. The Lagoon nebula is a massive star formation region.

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.

The Lagoon Nebula was discovered by Giovanni Hodierna before 1654 and is one of only two star-forming nebulae faintly visible to the unaided eye from mid-northern latitudes. Glowing at magnitude 6.0 and is great in binoculars or any size telescope.  The Nebula is 90 arc-min x 40 arc minutes in size and easily fits in the FOV of most wide-field eyepieces.

My Friend Hap Griffin Modified one of my Canon 6D DSLR’s recently, and I am very happy with the Modified 6D’s extended red sensitivity now, the result from my test the other night is amazing at just 31 minutes of exposure.

(Thanks HAP for such a great modification to my old Camera)

HAP Modified Canon 6D (for extended red sensitivity), TPO 12 inch diameter F4 Newtonian telescope, Bisque ME mount.  ISO 800, 31 x 1 minute subs exposures stacked in DSS for total of 31 minute total integration time from my observatories in Ohio on 08-02-2021.

Best Regards,

John Chumack