Lagoon Nebula (M8)

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

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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.

geckgo
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Re: Lagoon Nebula (M8)

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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)

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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.

geckgo
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Re: Lagoon Nebula (M8)

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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)

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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)

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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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Re: Lagoon Nebula (M8)

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The lovely sight is still viewable from HRPO, and hopefully will be more so as Baton Rougeans unite to remove light pollution. The Lagoon Nebula is now up at about 2am, and is rising earlier as we head toward summer...
https://www.daviddarling.info/encyclope ... ebula.html

As as alternative to standard Summer Camp, Highland Road Park Observatory is researching the possibility of offering remote ninety-minute modules. If the idea gains traction, one such module will be "Celestial Observing Log". Campers will learn the importance of documenting observations of space and the atmosphere, and see some of the major discoveries made due to documentation. They will construct their own observing log for viewing the planets, comets, asteroids, meteors and nebulae. This module would be offered Tuesdays at 1pm and 3pm. Specific weeks of offerings, age ranges, prices and registration procedure will be found at...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/camp.html

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