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M8 (Lagoon Nebula) and M20 (Trifid Nebula)

M8 (Lagoon Nebula) and M20 (Trifid Nebula)

The Trifid Nebula M8 and the Lagoon Nebula M20 are located in direction of the galactic center. Nevertheless, they are only 4,100 resp. 5,200 light years away. The yellowish glowing small globular clusters NGC6544 and NGC6553 south of M20 are more distant objects located in the neighbored Sagittarius-Carina spiral arm about 10,000 or 20,000 light years away. Additionally the open cluster M21 can be seen in the field as well as the weak HII region S34 on the western border of the image.

Image orientation: North is on the left side.

Date: 24. + 26. 28.08.2014
Equipment: Canon EOS 600D modified, ISO 400 and Nikkor ED 180mm 2.8 at 4 stops, IDAS LPA filter; Skywatcher Star Adventurer Mount.
Exposure: 9x180s + 35x90s + 23x75s.
Location: La Palma, Mirador de los Illanos del Jable.