Horsehead M8
The Lagoon/Hourglass Nebula

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Date: June 13, 2002 (Reprocessed 05-22-03)
Exposure: RRGB : 6 x 300s R,G & 6 x 480s B
Processing: MaxIm for Image calibration,(10 flats each RGB, dark subtracted and median combined, 10 bias frames median combined, 10-300s darks median combined, and 10-480s darks median combined),alignment, normalization, color combining, mild DDP, unsharp and stretch. Photoshop for final color balance and jpg conversion.
Conditions: Average, Mag 3-4 Skies
Scope: AP 127mm , f/8.4
Camera: ST-8E, -15°
Comments: Warm and clear night with still air. My first try at using my AP 127mm F/8 on my AP1200GTO. Guiding was done through a Vixen 102mm Flourite with a SBIG ST-237A. North is up.