Lagoon Nebula (M8)

Pretty patterns of gas and dust.
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Christopher K.
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Lagoon Nebula (M8)

Post by Christopher K. » August 6th, 2015, 7:48 pm

Another showpiece in Sagittarius. I look at it on the night of the 22nd; there was about seventy percent humidity and average seeing. But this was a breeze--I hopped once from Kaus Australis (a surprisingly lovely orange star). Using about 18x magnification, I did not see nearby NGC 6544.

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Re: Lagoon Nebula (M8)

Post by geckgo » August 6th, 2015, 7:52 pm

First shockingly nice fuzzy I found with my binos. I'm a huge fan of this one, and it's still high in the sky early in the night. Maybe I'll get some scope time to sketch it if I can get back in.

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Re: Lagoon Nebula (M8)

Post by Christopher K. » August 6th, 2015, 8:01 pm

I know exactly what you mean, Marty. Of course it didn't look like this...
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150729.html
...but it's interesting to realize how long those photons journeyed to hit your pupils.

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Re: Lagoon Nebula (M8)

Post by geckgo » August 7th, 2015, 6:11 pm

Haha, no, didn't look anything like that. It was mesmerizing all the same though. The first "image" my eyes saw looked like a little glowing flying saucer. There will always be a special place in my heart for this one.

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Re: Lagoon Nebula (M8)

Post by btoman » August 12th, 2015, 4:18 pm

Saw it on Sunday at the Dark Sky site. Very nice!

Not to knock M8, but if that was the first nebula you've nabbed in the binos, you are in for a treat this winter when M42 in Orion gets up there, especially from dark skies.

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Re: Lagoon Nebula (M8)

Post by geckgo » August 17th, 2015, 3:24 am

hehe, I only got the binos fairly recently, and M8 is so big. I caught a glimpse of the Orion nebula the other night before the sun came up. I'm sure it'll look better higher up, but I really like that one at a little higher power. At 60x in the dob it's really nice.

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