Lagoon Nebula
The Lagoon Nebula, M8 or NGC 6523 in Sagittarius is 5,200 light years from Earth and easy to see with the naked eye. Hydrogen gas is clumping together and giving birth to new stars.

July 7, 2002, 10:00 pm
Onizuka Visitor Information Station, Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

Takahashi FSQ-106, f/5
Luminance 120s, Red 180s, Green 240s, Blue 384s