Lagoon Nebula

Observed:  Points: 20

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General Info

TypeDiffuse Nebula
ConstellationSagittarius
Right ascension18h3'41.200''
Declination-24°23'49''
Magnitude6
Distance5,200ly
Size90 arc min
Catalog Designations NGC6523, M8
Discovered 1749 Guillaume Legentil

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Lagoon Nebula

LCOGT 1Meter Scope - Sinistro
20 points

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.

small smudge in the west of my view. could not find until the sky was very very dark.

Lagoon Nebula

Celestron Omni XLT 150
20 points

Only looked with camera, forgot to look through scope. I will have to find it again.

Lagoon Nebula

4.5in starblast
20 points

First viewed with my 10x50. The nebulosity is easier viewed with binoculars although hints of nebulosity are visible in the telescope. The embedded cluster is also nice.

Lagoon Nebula

Celestron 127eq
20 points

Armed with finder charts and loads of notes, I took an extended look at some of the wonders of Sagittarius. The trouble isn't finding objects- just pointing my scope in the general direction is sufficient- it's identifying what I'm looking at. There's just too much there. I stumbled a cross a couple of globulars that I still can't identify, and the charts aren't helping me much.

Luckily, the Lagoon Nebula is big and bright and beautiful and I knew exactly what it was as soon as I saw it. I could make out wisps and the new stars within it are gorgeous. I'll definitely be revisiting it often.

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