A look at the “Lagoon nebula” from La Palma

Tonight I was able to proof that the “Lagoon nebula” M8 was still there ~4100 years ago – wow! With a teapot, a sunlounger (probably better a starlounger) and the right music the night passed quickly 🙂

The total exposure time was ~1h36m. The seeing conditions were around 2.2″. It was a clear night without wind. I used my 8″ GSO newton telescope with an Atik383L+ camera (see here). And again I am amazed which image quality is possible with this equipment on this dark sky within this short exposure time. Below is just the luminance part of the image which shows some sharp details of the nebula.

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Astrophotography – Lagoon Nebula (M8)

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LocationLa Palma / Spain
ObjectLagoon Nebula (M8)
Guidingyes, Lacerta M-Gen autoguider via finderscope
TelescopeMeade LXD55 10" Schmidt-Newton
Barlow lensnone
MountEQ6 Syntrek
Luminance10x 400s, bin: 1x1
Red10x 100s, bin: 2x2
Green10x 100s, bin: 2x2
Blue10x 100s, bin: 2x2
Total exposure~1h56m

Clear skies!

Last updated: June 20, 2022 at 21:51 pm

Astrophotography – Lagoon Nebula (M8) with DMK31AU03.AS

Tonight I made a first try with “The Image Source DMK31AU03.AS” on the Lagoon Nebula (M8). This nebula is quite close to the galactic center – that means roughly in this direction is the black hole of our galaxy located!

Here are additional camera parameters I used: Total exposure: ~5m20s, Date: 2012/07/14, Location: Boeblingen / Germany, Camera: DMK31AU03.AS, Telescope: 8″ f/5 GSO Newton, Image type: IR only, L: 8x 40s (IR), Camera settings: Auto max value: 1/30 (auto), Auto reference: 126, Brightness: 20, Gamma: 100, Gain: 1023.

LocationBöblingen / Germany
ObjectM8 (Lagoon Nebula)
Telescope8" GSO Newtonian
Barlow lensnone
MountEQ6 Syntrek
Luminance8x 40s
Total exposure~5m20sec.

Clear skies!

Last updated: June 22, 2022 at 12:02 pm