A Lagoon of Stars

In my previous post I mentioned M8/M20. Here is a closer view of the pair. The Lagoon Nebula (right) is a glowing cloud of hydrogen where new stars are forming. In the lower right is the Trifid Nebula. The Trifid Nebula is a trio of three types of nebulae. An emission nebula, a reflection nebula, and a dark nebula. Similar to the Lagoon Nebula, the Trifid Nebula is also home to large amounts of newly born stars.

I took this photo at the Peninsula Astronomical Society’s dark site in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Vixen Ed80sf

Nikon D5300

Orion Sirius Mount

St80 guide scope



30x300s iso 800



One thought on “A Lagoon of Stars

  1. A very nice photo! I would be very pleased if I had taken a shot half – no, a tenth! – as gorgeous (I never have, though I graduated from high school in 1963 and am now a PhD in physics (retired from teaching college). My hat is off to you, even it it does expose my bald head.

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