Lagoon Nebula (M8), Trifid Nebula (M20), Star Cloud (M24), Swan Nebula (M17), Eagle Nebula (M16)
Sagittarius Area Pictures
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Summer Milky Way Objects. See this page for the deep southern milky way!
There's also an Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) showing object identification in this area here.
Here's a close-up of the M24 Star Cloud area, featuring the black hole. Same base image as above.
Above: Check out the dark nebula (Barnard 92, B92) on the right edge of the picture; looks like a black hole with a single star in it. 2012 update, I see this is definitely called the Black Hole by "The SkyX Pro."
Above 2 images: prime focus image 5/17/2004 in tough conditions. Transparency went from good to fair during this 25 minute exposure with the Tak FS102 telescope. Dark Nebula Barnard 92 (B92) is the the circular area left of center, and left of that is B93. I think the open cluster left center is NGC 6603. B307 is left of and a tad below B92/93. ON the bottom center right, the red nebula is IC1283, and the two blue nebulae are NGC6589 and 90 (barely seen). Comparing and contrasting, the top image has a wider field of view; it used a 300mm lens vs. the 610mm focal length of the Tak/focal reducer. The images are "reversed" from each other, as well. The bottom image reflects the orientation in the Sky Atlas.
A close look at the dark nebula from the top picture.
Below is a DSLR picture that takes a closer look at Barnard 92 and 93.
Image above composed of 20x4 minute = 80 minutes total exposure over 2 nights, ISO 800 & 1600. Canon EOS 20Da (unmodified), Takahashi TOA 130 (a 5" APO refractor) with flattener, and Astro-Physics AP 900GTO mount. Davis Mountains, TX.
B 93 looks like a jellyfish to me, and B 92 like a crab...
Check out my Dark Nebula page for more cool Barnard objects.
Film Photo (Top picture): Davis Mountains, TX, May 17, 2004
Nikon F2 camera, Nikon 300mm f2.8 ED Lens @f2.8, Kodak PJ 400 film,
25 minute exposure, STV auto guider, Losmandy GM-11,
Negative Scan, Nikon Coolscan IV ED, Processed in Photoshop
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