Date Taken: 7/16/2013
Equipment: 12.5" PlaneWave Telescope with Apogee U16M camera;
Exposures: LRGB.Approx. 30 minutes each color (bin 2x), with Ha layer for red detail. Processing: MaximDL, APWIN 4 (deconvolution), Fits Liberator and Photoshop
Lagoon Nebula (also known as M8) is an emission nebula in Sagittarius, approximately 4,100 light years away. Its name comes from the wide lagoon-like dark region that almost separates the nebula into two parts. This can be seen with binoculars from mid-northern latitudes.
The cluster of stars on the left half of it may actually be a small star cluster between us and the nebula, and not actually near or in the nebula.