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The Lagoon nebula has always evaded me. I think it is too faint/diffuse for smaller scopes. Good thing I had a huge telescope with a guidance system.
Large nebula with visible dust lanes. Could almost pick out some features near the center of the FOV.
The Trifid nebula was the first nebula I ever observed when I was first getting into amateur astronomy. At that time, it was faint white smudge in the middle of an unbelievable mass of stars in Sagittarius.
On the .8m at Sedgwick the FOV is narrower, but the features are more impressive. Some dust lanes can be discerned, but it's still a mostly featureless blob.