Sagittarius Triplet (M8, M20, Sh2-29)
M8 (Lagoon Nebula), M20 (Trifid Nebula) and the star formation region Sh2-29 are located in direction of the galactic center. Nevertheless, they are only about 4,100, 5,200 and 3.900 light years away. The yellowish glowing small globular clusters NGC6544 and NGC6553 south of M20 are more distant objects located in the neighboured Sagittarius-Carina spiral arm, about 10,000 or 20,000 light years away. Sh2-29 contains many catalogued objects like the IC 4685, NGC 6550, IC 1275 and IC 1274. The open star cluster NGC 6530 is part of the Lagoon Nebula.