The Lagoon and Trifid nebulae are two famous nebulae in Sagittarius, and both nebulae can be seen with the naked eye from a dark site such as Hakos Namibia. They are easy to see with binoculars. This picture shows these two nebulae against the background of the dense star fields of the Sagittarius Arm of the Galaxy. The Lagoon nebula (Messier 8) is the larger (and brighter) nebula to the south of the smaller Trifid nebula (Messier 20).
3 August 2011:
I had while photographing these objects some problems with the Astrotrac mount. Unfortunately , from the 20 shots taken only two could be used for stacking. Even so, it is still a good result
Picture: Lagoon (below) and Trifid Nebula.
Mount: AstroTrac Travel Mount with head EH 3010
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: Canon EF 200 mm F 2.8
Accessories: TC 80N3 timer controller,
Location: Hakos Guestfarm, Namibia (16.3 east, 23.3 south)
Software: Canon Digital Photo Processing, Registax5, Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro X12)
Description: stack of 2 x 120 seconds , 1250 iso, F 3.2
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