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

SSAG

 

30x300s iso 800

 

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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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