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The Sagittarius Teapot & Spoon

The Constellation of Sagittarius, The Teapot & Spoon near the Galactic Center of our Milky Way Galaxy…also visible above the Teapot is M22, M25, M8, M20, & M7 on the Right edge. i kept the exposure short, so I wouldn’t blur the house too much while tracking.  The Teapot Pattern is to the right of the Beach House, and the Spoon is Above the House.

The dotted line at the bottom is an aircraft flying over the ocean.
Captured above the beach house on Cape Cod, MA.
Canon 6D DSLR, 50mm lens, ISO3200, 60 second exposure, Star Adventurer tracking mount, with wedge.

Best Regards,
John Chumack

M8 The Lagoon Emission Nebula

M8 The Lagoon Emission Nebula Complex in Sagittarius, located just above the spout of the Teapot, it is easily visible as a bright glowing patch of light to the human eye from a dark location, looks great in binoculars too!

M8 is approximately 5000 light years away, and roughly 130 light years across in the longer dimension. Composed primarily of hydrogen, much of it ionized (heated or energized) by radiation from the nearby superstar Herschel 36, M8 is known as an emission nebula or star-forming region, often called a stellar nursery.

There is an open star cluster, NGC 6530, of young hot, blue stars probably only a few million years old. In addition to these young stars, there are also many dark nebulae visible or “Bok” globules of condensing gas and dust on their way to becoming “proto-stars” and eventually full-fledged stars like those already formed nearby.
In this image that I captured Saturday night 09-05-2015 you can see
M8 The Lagoon Emission Nebula Complex in Sagittarius with open star cluster NGC 6530 in front of the Nebula, also a globular Star cluster, bottom left corner is NGC 6544, and upper left of center is a small blue wisp of Nebulosity called IC 4678 reflection nebula.  If you look near the brightest star on the Lagoon Nebula, you will see the tiny Hour Glass Nebula, so named for its distinctive shape.  The Hourglass Nebula has its shape because of matter propelled by Star Herschel 36, look for the tiny star next to the tiny Hour Glass.

5.5 inch F5 Newtonian Reflector Scope & modified Canon Rebel Xsi DSLR, ISO 1600, 72 minute exposure at my Observatories at JBSPO in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Best Regards,
John Chumack

M8 The Lagoon Nebula Complex & M20 The Trifid Nebula

A wide field view of a great Nebula region near the center of our Galaxy!!!
M8 The Lagoon Emission Nebula Complex, this Great Nebula is visible to the unaided eye from a dark location,
but looks much better in binoculars or a small telescope.
The Lagoon Nebula M8 is a Massive & very active Stellar Nursery (Star Formation Region) with embedded bright Star Cluster NGC-6523

The Lagoon is Located 5,000 light years from Earth in the constellation of Sagittarius in the direction of the Center of the Milky Way.
The Glowing Gas & Dust cloud spans well over 60 light years across (348 trillion miles)

Above M8 The Lagoon is the beautiful Trifid Emission/Blue Reflection Nebula known as M20, along with Open Star Cluster M21, and below the Lagoon Nebula is 7.5 magnitude NGC-6544 Globular Star Cluster.

To the left edge of the Lagoon you will see several fainter Blue Reflection Nebulae IC-4681, IC1275,IC-4685, and NGC-6559.

I captured this image with my modified Canon Rebel Xsi DSLR & Canon 200mm lens from the Vacation Cabin in Northern, Michigan on 07-21-2014!
This  is a 21 minute exposure (7 x 3 minutes subs), ISO 1600, F5.0, tracking on a CG-4 mount.

Best Regards,
John Chumack

Fantastic objects in The Milky Way

The Milky Way from Scutum to Serpens to Sagittarius…Deep Sky Objects Galore!!!
The Milky Way in Sagittarius, near our Galactic Center one of the richest areas of the sky loaded with deep sky objects…Many Messier & NGC catalog objects are visible here…
Emission Nebulae, Globular Star Clusters, Open Star Clusters, Star Clouds, & Dark Nebulae abound, simply put a “Fantastic” place to explore with a telescope or Binoculars!! Every Summer it is easily visible, and for us 40 degree + latitude Observers it is really low in the south …find a dark location away from city lights with a low Southern Horizon & look when there is no moon present in the sky! I posted them a little higher res than normal so you can zoom in a little, Enjoy!

The Sagittarius Region near Galactic Center on 06-29-2014 at Dexter, Iowa.
M24 The Sagittarius Star Cloud,
M8 The Lagoon Nebula,
M16 The Eagle Nebula,
M17 The Omega/Swan Nebula,
M18 Open Cluster,
M20 The Trifid Nebula,
M21 Open Cluster,
M25 Open Cluster,
M23 Open Cluster,
M22 Globular Star Cluster,
M26 Open Cluster,
and dozens of Barnard’s Dark Nebulae.
Canon 40D DSLR & 50mm Lens, F4, ISO 1600,
A single 4 minute exposure

Best Regards,
John Chumack