Little Lens, Low Lagoon
By Roel Weijenberg (Messier 8)
- July 27th, 2012
- Posted in diffuse . emission . Graphite Pencil . Inverted . Nebulae . open clusters . Pen and Ink . Star Clusters . White Paper
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Object Name: Messier 8, Lagoon Nebula
Object Type: Emission nebula
Location: Wilp, The Netherlands
Date: July 21, 2012
Media: Black pen and graphite pencil on white paper
After literally weeks of rainfall and clouds, last night the sky finally cleared. I took my little 80mm f/6,25 refractor out to a fairly dark site to observe some low Milky Way objects. In the Netherlands Messier 8 rises only 14 degrees above the southern horizon, but because of the very transparant sky much more detail than I expected was visible. Using an Orion Ultrablock filter the dark lane was pretty prominent, and the bright patch on the western side of the nebula appeared to glow. It was a wonderful sight at 38x (13mm Vixen LVW), even at its low altitude.
The sketch was made with a black pen (for the stars) and a 2H graphite pencil (for the nebulosity) on a piece of white paper. Inverted and orientation-flip using Photoshop.
Kind regards and clear skies!
Deventer, The Netherlands