M8-M20 Area in Sagittarius
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Date Taken: June, 2005              Location:  Anza, CA
Equipment:  Takahashi FSQ106 telescope & SBIG STL11000
This widefield image is rich in content to say the least.  The obvious large nebulas are M8 - The Lagoon Nebula and M20 - The Trifid Nebula.  The red nebulosity above the Lagoon features four catalog objects - IC1275, IC4685, IC1274 and NGC6559.  The left side of the fram contains two small globular clusters - NGC6553 and NGC6554.  The open cluster M21 is partially captured near M20 at the lower right of the frame.  RGB = 80/80/80.
M8 - The Lagoon Nebula
    Mag 5.8, Size 90'

M20 - The Trifid nebula
    Mag 6.3, Size 29'

NGC6553 & 6554 - Globular Clusters - both Mag 8.3 & Size 8'

The NGC/IC nebulas are all approx. 8' to 10' in size
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Click here for a widfield view - 33% scale
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M8 Closeup Image - June, 2006