This image was produced with two different telescopes at separate observatories in south central New Mexico.

Blackbird Observatory (f/8 exposures):
   June 1- 19, 2006
   .5 meter RCOS telescope, SBIG STL-11000 camera
   150 minutes Luminance (1X1)
JMSM Observatory (f/5 exposures):
   June 19, 2007
   Takahashi FSQ telescope, SBIG STL-6303 camera
   135 minutes Luminance, 45 minutes Red, 45 minutes Green and 45 minutes Blue (All 1X1)

The Lagoon Nebula
M8- the Central Region

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