M8-M24 Region
Photographed by Fred Lusk on July 17, 2004
From Courtright Reservoir, Fresno County, CA
 
Description:
This photograph covers a 10°x15° swath of one of the busiest parts of the summer Milky Way; the region around M8 (the Lagoon Nebula) and M24 (the Small Sagittarius Star Cloud). I consider this to be one of the best astrophotos in my collection. I entered this image at the 2004 Big Fresno Fair, but it didn't earn any awards. On the other hand, a photo I made of Yosemite Falls in the snow from the previous December earned an Honorable Mention in the Color Scenery division.
 
Imaging Camera:
Olympus OM-1N (35 mm SLR) piggybacked on telescope
 
Imaging Scope/Lens:
Zuiko 135 mm f/3.5
 
Mount/Tripod:
Celestron C5+ single fork arm with integrated wedge
 
Guide Scope/Camera:
None
 
Exposure Details:
Film: Kodak EliteChrome 200. Lens Aperture: f/3.5 (however, the perfect sharpness of the stars in the corners leads me to believe that the lens was probably stopped down to f/5.6). Exposure: 22 minutes.

 
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