I-2: Nebulae in Sagittarius

Nebulae in Sagittarius is the topic of Part #2 of our image presentation, where we want to share the results from our astrophotography-trip to ATHOS Centro Astronómico at La Palma.

Constellation Sagittarius contains many wonderful emission nebulae, which are well known. Let's have a detailed look at following three prominent examples: M 20, M 8 and M 17.

The Trifid Nebula (catalogued as Messier 20) is an unusual combination of an open star cluster, an emission nebula (the lower, red portion), a reflection nebula (the upper, blue portion) and a dark nebula (the apparent 'gaps' within the emission nebula, which lead to its nickname Trifid Nebula).

M 20 - AP 175

M 20 - TEC 110

M 8 & M 20

The Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8) is one of the finest and brightest star-forming regions in the sky. It is a giant cloud of interstellar matter which is currently undergoing vivid star formation, and has already formed a considerable cluster of young stars.

M 8 - Baader APO 95/560 CaF2

M 8 - TS100Q

M 8 - wide field

Messier 17 (also known as The Omega Nebula or the The Swan Nebula) is part of a cloud, which is considered one of the brightest and most massive star-forming regions of our galaxy.

M 17 - AP 130

M 17 @ 135mm

NGC 6334 & NGC 6357

Constellation Sagittarius contains besides galactic objects also galaxies. A nice example is the dwarf galaxy NGC 6822 (also known as Barnard's Galaxy).

Milky Way @ 35mm

Constellation Sagittarius

NGC 6822 - wide field