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Observations of object "M8 (Lagoon Nebula)":

M8 (Lagoon Nebula) (Bright Nebula, in Sagittarius)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail:
Instrument: 127-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Mon Jul 17 01:30:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2014

Last evening, my brother Anthony & I had the pleasure of viewing the northern lights which resulted from a CME that was ejected by the sunspot AR2665 that I talked about in a previous post. There was both reds & greens from thee aurora with the green blanketing the sky with red streaks coming & going. After the aurora died down we started to observe objects with our computerized telescope. The top objects we viewed were M13, M8, M17, Ms 5,6,7 among others. We also observed Saturn & its moons. We ended the evening by observing the Southern Crown, which was below Sagittarius which contrasted nicely with the Northern Crown. It was a great night to view!!!

M8 (Lagoon Nebula) (Bright Nebula, in Sagittarius)
Observer: John (e-mail:, web:
Instrument: 6-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: -, -, -
Light pollution: none   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Wed Aug 8 00:00:00 2007 UT   Obs. no.: 1693

M8's nebulosity was barely visible without the O-III filter. With the filter inplace nebulosity was clearly evident, the so-called Hourglass was very distinct,and the major dark lane was quite noticeable.

M8 (Lagoon Nebula) (Bright Nebula, in Sagittarius)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail:
Instrument: 18-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: Milford, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: good
Time: Sat Jun 16 02:00:00 2007 UT   Obs. no.: 1667

This evening my friends Mike Dzubaty, his son Mike, Steve Borer and I joined other members of The Astronomical Society of New Haven for an evening of stargaing at Silver Sands State Park in Milford Ct. The first thing we observed was the slender one day old moon low in the western sky. The moon was pencil thin and we were able to see Saber's Beads on the moon's lower cusp. As the moon was setting my other friend, Joe Cseh, arrived with news that was predicting noctillucent clouds may be in our western sky. As soon as we all looked towards the western horizon, we were able to see several blue noctillucent clouds as the sky darkened. These clouds lasted about a half an hour before they faded away. It was only the second time in my life that I saw them. Next we observed Venus, Saturn and Jupiter through through Greg's 18" Dob. Venus showed some subtle shading in its cloud bank while Saturn and Titan were great in the scope. On Jupiter it appears that a piece of the South Temperate Belt was starting to appear on Jupiter. It's been two or three years since I saw the STB. We then started to observe some deep space objects. We began with the globular clusters M13 and M92. Both globulars showed many individual stars in the 18" Dob. M57 was a perfect donut. We then turned our attention to two more globulars, M28 and M4. M28 was not to impressive but M4 showed the individual stars very clearly. We all agreed M4 looked more like an open cluster than a globular cluster and I predict that it will be reclassified as an open cluster by the astronomical community. We then visited M8, M20 and M21. M8 had nebulosity on one side and an open star cluster on the other side. M20's nebulosity was faint but the open cluster M21 was impressive. Speaking of impressive, M11 The Wild Duck Cluster was just that. Finally we observed the Spiral galaxy M51. M51 and its companion galaxy NGC 5195 cores both showed well. We were able to see the spiral effects of M51 and it was nice. Finally we saw the ISS brighten to better than -6th Magnitude when it was going by. We also saw about ten other satellites as well. Finally, the fireflies that were all around us only made it better.

M8 (Lagoon Nebula) (Bright Nebula, in Sagittarius)
Observer: Mel Dawson (e-mail:, web:
Instrument: 10-inch equatorial reflector   Location: Riverview, Florida, United States
Light pollution: light   Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Sat Jul 15 02:15:00 2006 UT   Obs. no.: 1550

This day marked another pinnacle in the history of the Vega Sky Center with the testing of the new SAO 10" Newtonian Equatorial Fork Mount reflector. Gary Barabino of the VAO travel from Waggamans, LA on vacation to the Sunshine State to witness first light of this grand instrument.I had just complete test assembling the 10" Newtonian fork mount and decided to go ahead with mounting the optics since Gary was in town. The scope was rolled out of the garage and the first object interest we spotted was Jupiter, looming in the constellation Libra. We had not fully aligned the optics in the scope, but they were setup sufficiently for the test.Upon targeting Jupiter using a 26mm 2" GSO eyepiece, we were graced with a splendid image. The jovian moons Calisto, and Ganymede were on one side while Io, and Europa held tight on the other. The Red Spot was not visible, but I could see the shadow of Io just grazing the limb of Jupiter. Though the optical combination only yeild 55x, this gave me verification of the integrety of the mirror.Next it was time to test the optics on a deep sky object. We chose M8, the Lagoon Nebula. Gary took the drivers seat and quickly landed the nebula in the field of view. He focused and gave out Vega's infamous yell of "Look at that!...". The intense center nebulosity glowed fairly bright, and the cluster just to side glistened. Not bad for a set of optics created back in 1986 and being used for the first time. We continued sweeping the area of the center of the Milky Way in and near Sagittarius and saw countless stars. Star cluster sparkled like hand fulls of diamonds!Unfortunately, the testing/ observing came to a rather sudden end when clouds begin to filter in from the east obscuring the sky completely in a matter of minutes. Nevertheless, we accomplished what we sat out to do, and that was to verify the optics were of good quality.We concluded the session with removing the OTA and taking out the mirrors to complete the finishing process of the scope. The check out the step-by-step construction process for this grand instrument, please go to We are updating the website on a regular basis. Also check out the drop-down boxes to reveal a list of our favorite sites.Clear Skies, Forever!Mel DawsonThe Vega Sky Center

M8 (Lagoon Nebula) (Bright Nebula, in Sagittarius)
Observer: Vedran Vrhovac (e-mail:
Instrument: 8-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: Velika Gorica, Croatia
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: good
Time: Mon Jul 25 22:30:00 2005 UT   Obs. no.: 1269

Its belived that M8 is easy target for amateur astronomer, but not for me. In 3" scope I could only see open cluster without trace of nebulosity. In 8" dob i saw open cluster and small nebula in SE.

M8 (Lagoon Nebula) (Bright Nebula, in Sagittarius)
Observer: Emil Neata (e-mail:, web:
Instrument: 60-mm refractor   Location: Craiova, Romania
Light pollution: light   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Tue Jan 25 00:00:00 2005 UT   Obs. no.: 1172

M 8 - Diffuse light surrounding a grouping of stars. Easily seen with averted vision.

M8 (Lagoon Nebula) (Bright Nebula, in Sagittarius)
Observer: Sriram.M.Gubbi (e-mail:
Instrument: 50-mm refractor   Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: excellent
Time: Sun Aug 15 23:30:00 2004 UT   Obs. no.: 1209

this was the second nebula i saw after M42(orion nebula) of orion.but this appeared a bit whitish when compared to the great nebula which appeared greenish (small telescopes cant show the real colors of nebulae).i tried to find the trifid nebula(M 20)which is only 1.5 degrees northwest of lagoon nebula.but i remember that i could see it only with averted vision.

M8 (Lagoon Nebula) (Bright Nebula, in Sagittarius)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail:
Instrument: binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: light   Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Mon Jul 7 03:30:00 2003 UT   Obs. no.: 830

Last night, I took out my 10X50 binoculars to observe M8 Before the clouds rolled in. In binoculars, M8 looks like an elongated group of stars in which nebulosity shows very well on the left hand side. I then observed the M21 open cluster of stars Which lies next to M20. The M24 star cloud shows a nice sprinkling of stars in the binos. Finally, I looked at M4. Oddly, M4 looks more like a globular cluster in binoculars than it does in any telescope I've ever looked through.

M8 (Lagoon Nebula) (Bright Nebula, in Sagittarius)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail:
Instrument: 6-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: light   Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Thu Jul 11 03:30:00 2002 UT   Obs. no.: 657

The skies were clear in West Haven Ct. tonight, so I decided to view a few deep space objects in Sagitarius. At 96x with an O3 filter attatched, the Lagoon Nebula was easily viewed. The nebulasity was quite extensive. This compares with the Trifid nebula which was rather difficult to discern, even with a filter. I also viewed the M21 open cluster which is next to the Trifid nebula. Without the nebula filter the open cluster was great to look at. My final stop was at the M24 star cloud. Inside the star cloud, was a tight open cluster called NGC 6603. This group of stars was a small cluster within the huge M24 star cloud.

M8 (Lagoon Nebula) (Bright Nebula, in Sagittarius, Est. RaDec 18h.0/-23d)
Observer: Mike Pierce (e-mail:
Instrument: 3-inch refractor   Location: Marianna, Florida, United States
Light pollution: light   Transparency: excellent   Seeing: excellent
Time: Fri Jul 31 01:30:00 1998 UT   Obs. no.: 374

Observed nebula clearly with naked eye. Used 10x50 binos and then increased resolution with 3" refractor. Excellent seeing this night. Saw the "Steam from the Teapot" quite clearly. Observed site from unobstructed horizon. Lack of larger primary lens prevented totally clear sighting. Used averted vision. Quite brilliant considering the size scope I have.

M8 (Lagoon Nebula) (Bright Nebula, in Sagittarius)
Observer: Mark Stutzman (e-mail:
Instrument: 4 1/2-inch equatorial reflector   Location: Gilbertsville, PA, usa
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Mon Jul 13 03:00:00 1998 UT   Obs. no.: 366

What a night! With only a limited amount of time before the moon came up I set out to locate all messier objects in Sagit. while I could. Even with the horizon haze Every object was observeable.In addition to M8 I viewed M16,M17,M24,M21,M22,M28,M69,M70 and M54. The nebula's were not the brightest I've viewed them but they were all visible at 36x. I used a 2x barlow on all objects as well with good results. This is truely a beutifull area of the universe!! After the moon came up I swung around to the northwest and viewed everything in ursa major I could ( M51 etc). all in all It was a wonderfulll couple hours.

M8 (Lagoon Nebula) (Bright Nebula, in Sagittarius)
Observer: John Callender (e-mail:, web:
Instrument: 8-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: Carpinteria, CA, USA
Light pollution: light   Transparency: good   Seeing: fair
Time: Sun Jun 29 10:15:00 1997 UT   Obs. no.: 171

With the summer Milky Way arcing high over my head and Sagittarius on the meridian, I couldn't resist a quick sweep at 49x before coming in from my late-night (for me) observing session. The Lagoon Nebula was swept up easily, and was beautiful, of course (along with its associated cluster, NGC 6530).

M8 (Lagoon Nebula) (Bright Nebula, in Sagittarius, Est. RaDec 18h 04m, -24.20)
Observer: Alan Shaffer (e-mail:, web:
Instrument: 25-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: Mt. Pinos, California, US
Light pollution: none   Transparency: excellent   Seeing: excellent
Time: Sat Jun 7 10:00:00 1997 UT   Obs. no.: 142

Beautiful object under incredable skies. I have not seen such clear skies in 15 years. The O-III filter made the Lagoon Nebula jump out in the 10" as well as the 25" scopes. Very bright and large. I could actually abserve it with the naked eye, no problem. Very beautiful and large. The first object of many, many hours of observing to come.

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