The Jewels of the Galactic Center
Photographed by Scott Davis on July 6, 2013
From Golden State Star Party
This image is an extreme wide field that shows the absolute beauty of the center of our Milky Way galaxy, also known as the galactic center. Easily visible in this image are four very well-known nebulae - Lagoon (M8), Trifid (M20), Eagle (M16), and Swan (M17). Several star clusters are also visible in this image.
Imaging Camera:
Canon EOS 60D
Imaging Scope/Lens:
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Celestron CGEM (Hypertuned)
Guide Scope/Camera:
Orion Astrograph 8" f/3.9 Newtonian
Exposure Details:
Camera settings were ISO 1600, f/4.5, 170-second exposure time. A total of 19 light frames, 10 dark frames, and 50 each of flat, dark flat, and bias frames were stacked to create this final composite image.

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