This image was produced with a Takahashi FSQ telescope and a SBIG STL-6303 camera at the JMSM Observatory on June 19, 2007.
Exposure times: 135 minutes Luminance, 45 minutes Red, 45 minutes Green and 45 minutes Blue (All 1X1)

The Lagoon and Trifid Nebulae
M8 and M20

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