M8, The Lagoon Nebula on Aug 21, 2020

M8, the Lagoon Nebula on Aug 21, 2020. 240×15 sec, Gain 30, Offset 218 QHY183c at -10C, Optolong L-eNhance filter, Televue TV-85 at F/5.6.

I had been wanting to get some data on this one for quite some time.  Finally, a clear night with no big commitments the next work day came along on Thursday evening, Aug 20, 2020 and I got my chance.

I setup my rig in the front parking lot of the place where I stay at instead of the usual back alleyway.  It was the only place to get a clear view without trees and street light glare interfering.

I used the Optolong L-eNhance filter, which works really well for this object.   I did an hour’s worth of exposure, which was enough to tamp down the noise enough for a decent final image.  It could use more and I might add to it later if I get the chance.

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