M8 Lagoon Nebula

Image taken at Clayton Bay, South Australia

Equipment - Takahashi TSA102, with QSI683WSG -8

Guiding - QSI OAG and SBIG ST-i.

SII Ha OIII R G B -60 40 60 40 40 40 (10 minute sub exposures)

Darks, flats and biases applied

Processed in CCD stack and Photoshop CS3

Object - This emission nebula is located in the constellation of Sagittarius. It lies at a distance of 4000-6000 light years and has the dimensions of 110 light years by 70 light years. The nebula has a number of areas known as Bok globules. These are areas that are collapsing and likely to produce new solar systems in millions of years time.

Notes - complete narrow band and broad band image of this object. More data time needed yet.