EbolaBooze’s Fortnightly Astro Corner – The Lagoon Nebula

The first stop we’ll be taking on EbolaBooze’s wild astrophotography ride is Messier 8 (M8), more commonly known as the Lagoon Nebula.

You’ll be able to see this emission nebula in the constellation Sagittarius with the naked eye, if you’re in a dark-sky area and your vision has sufficiently adjusted.

With binoculars you’ll see a faint grey ovoid shape (since the human eye isn’t sensitive to colour at low light levels), and you’ll start seeing more detail, like the various dust lanes within the nebula with a small to medium sized telescope.

Graduate to a half-decent astrophotography rig, and this is what you’ll see.

 

M8 MkI Eyeball

Pretty, isn’t it?

 

Inside that glowing patch of gas approximately 4,100 light-years away, new stars are being born.

Clear skies!

3 responses to “EbolaBooze’s Fortnightly Astro Corner – The Lagoon Nebula

    • Oh, trust me when I say I’m still just an amateur – I don’t even have an observatory to put my equipment in! I’ll get paid for my work one day… A man can dream!

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