Lagoon and Trifid Nebulae

Lagoon and Trifid Nebulae
The Lagoon Nebula, M8 and the Trifid Nebula

I wish this was first light on the new tube, but my first night out did nothing but knock some of the rust off of my observatory skills.  Still, the new Stellar Vue SVQ 100 APO lived up to its reputation.

The Trifid Nebula at upper left is a fascinating combination or emission nebula (the red), reflection nebula (the blue) and dark nebulae (the dark dust lanes that divide the emission nebula).

The Lagoon Nebula dominates the center of the image and the globular star cluster NGC 6544 peeks in at the bottom, just right of center.

Focus on this image is a bit soft, but, but if you click the image to view it full screen, and then click it again to see it full size, you will see that the stars in the corners are every bit as sharp and round as the ones at the center of the image.  I am very impressed with the optics on this telescope!

This image is a combination of 18 sub-frames of 4 minutes each at ISO 800.  The telescope has a focal length of 580 mm at f/5.8.

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