The Crowded Starfield Around Lagoon, Trifid and NGC 6559


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A deep wide scene shows the dusty and crowded starfield which surrounds Sagittarius constellation, spanning in the direction of the galactic core of Milky Way. Three bright nebulae are visible, as well as two small globular clusters against the brightest dusty part of this background field divided by dark and light regions. M8 or the Lagoon Nebula, is the largest emission nebula and a stellar nursery visible, and close to the left, shines NGC 6559, a nebulae complex which seems to be separated from the Lagoon by a dark dust lane, also containing dark nebulae B91 and B303, and the bright nebulae IC 4684, 4685 and IC 1274/5. Far from NGC6559 in the opposite direction and close to the edge of the image, lies the colorful Trifid Nebula M20, a complex of red emission and blue reflection nebulosity intersected by three dark lanes, from which the Trifid gets its own name. Close to Trifid, it’s also visible a rich open cluster of bluesish stars known as M21. Captured in Cumeada Observatory from Dark Sky® Alqueva Reserve, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Portugal.

PT: Um cenáro amplo e profundo mostra o campo estelar empoeirado e lotado de estrelas que circunda a constelação de Sagitário, que se estende na direção do núcleo galáctico da Via Láctea. Três nebulosas brilhantes são visíveis, bem como dois pequenos aglomerados globulares que brilham contra a região de poeira mais brilhante deste pano de fundo dividido por zonas claras e escuras. M8 ou a Nebulosa da Lagoa, é a maior nebulosa de emissão e berçário estelar visível na imagem, e próximo deste, mais à esquerda, brilha NGC 6559, um complexo de nebulosas que parece estar separado da Lagoa por uma faixa de poeira escura, também contendo as nebulosas escuras B91 e B303 e as nebulosas brilhantes IC 4684, 4685 e IC 1274/5. Na direcção oposta e longe da NGC6559, próximo do extremo da imagem, encontra-se a colorida Nebulosa Trífida M20, um complexo de emissão vermelha e nebulosidade de reflexão azul, cruzada por três faixas escuras, das quais a Trífida recebe o seu nome. Perto da M20, também é visível um rico aglomerado aberto de estrelas azuladas, conhecido como M21. Captada no Observatório da Cumeada, Sede Oficial do Dark Sky® Alqueva, Reguengos, Portugal.

Technical details | Detalhes Técnicos

Canon fixed prime lens 300mm f/2,8 + Canon 6D not modified | ISO1600 – Exp. of 60 seconds. Total of 48 lights | Mount EQ6 Pro – Auto-guiding off |Total integration of 48 minutes. Processing on PixInsight 1.8.8-8 and Photoshop CC 2021. Cumeada Observatory from Dark Sky® Alqueva Reserve, Reguengos de Monsaraz.

 

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