18H 3.8m -24° 23'
Size: 90' × 40'
Distance: 5,200 light-years
M8 is one of the brightest nebulae in the sky. The only problem is capturing a large enough field of view.
Recommended EquipmentM8 is a large nebula; use a short focal length telescope such as a small refractor.
A medium-sized rich-field Newtonian might also be appropriate if you have a camera with a wide field of view (or want to capture a mosaic).
Image StatsMeade 8" SN LXD75
Meade DSI Pro III
Meade RGB + IR filters
2 × 2 RGB mosaic; approximately 15 minutes per channel per frame. 2-minute subs.
25 July 2009
San Mateo, CA