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#1 CarlosEH

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 07:08 PM

I made an observation of the Lagoon Nebula (M8, NGC 6523) in Sagittarius on October 18, 2009 (00:00 U.T) using my 8-inch (20-cm) F/9 Klevtsov-Cassegrain at 48x. The nebula appeared a pale pastel pink, especially surrounding 9 Sagittari (HIP 88469). The open cluster NGC 6530 appeared to sparkle in the field. This observation was one of the finest that I have ever enjoyed using a moderate-aperture instrument.

A digital image produced Photoshop CS4.

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 10:51 PM

Carlos,

I was showing this on Saturday with a filter to several people and you have captured it very stunningly. Love the 3D affect that you've captured.

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 08:06 AM

Carlos,
This is one of your best. Not sure yet what this sets it off but keep up it up...
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Posted 19 October 2009 - 08:48 AM

Your careful sketch-work has definitely captured the Lagoon nebula very well, Carlos. Thank you for sharing it! I especially enjoy the brightness of your sketch. It captures how elusive the broader nebulosity of this nebula (and most nebulae) appears through the eyepiece. I find it difficult to attain such faint "shading", so I admire your ability to capture it so well.

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 09:10 AM

Jay and Mike,

Thank you both for the kind compliments on my Lagoon Nebula observation. It was an impressive sight in the eyepiece. The best of luck in your own observations.

Carlos

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 09:50 AM

Carlos,

We have reached that time of year when the opportunities for viewing M-8 are just about over for the year. How nice you have made this stunning sketch to hold us over until next year. Beautiful! :bow: :rainbow:

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 02:51 PM

Really nice CS4 - I like the mistiness feel and losing a white frame makes it easier to just sort of "sink in" to the sketch. I was not able to see any of this nebulosity when I looked earlier this year from my site - just saw the cluster. Its so frustrating to know its there but cannot see it. :( Must try and move to a darker site when this comes around next year!

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 05:36 PM

Superb sketch of the summertime favorite, your digital sketches are surpassing those of graphite, bravo.

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 08:38 PM

Chris, Frank, and Tommy

Thank you or the compliments on my Lagoon Nebula (M8) observation. This is an impressive object to observe in the Summer (and even Fall) sky. Both the nebula and cluster were spectacular in the eyepiece field. The best of luck in your own observations.

Carlos

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 09:25 PM

One of my favorites. Beautifull . Congratulation . M8 is a favorite sight.
Good skies :bow:

#11 CarlosEH

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 10:58 PM

Nuncius,

Thank you for the compliment on my Lagoon Nebula (M8) observation. I look forward to your future observations.

Carlos






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