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Commonly known as the Lagoon Nebula. this eighth object in the Messier catalog resides approximately 5000 light years from Earth.

Image acquired using SBIG St-10XME camera with Astrodon filter set through a modified 80mm Orion Express telescope with a William Optics focal reducer attached.

30 minutes each through Red, Green and Blue filter , 1x1 binning.

Five minute sub-frames.

Image aquired at CalStar star party. San Antonio Lake, CA. 09/17/2009