M8 Lagoon Nebula Hourglass Region in Halpha Light


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Taken on August 19, 2003 from Fremont Peak State Park near San Juan Bautista, Ca.

C14 imaging scope @3910mm focal length (f/11) stabilized with mirror locks

FLI IMG1024S imaging camera @ -34C

SBIG AO7 Adaptive Optics System

SBIG ST7E Guide/AO control camera @-20C

RCOS Dichroic Beam Splitter for AO7/IMG compatibility

FLI CFW 1 filter wheel

Custom Scientific 3nm FWHM Hydrogen Alpha filter

3 exposures of 10 minutes

Maxim DL used for IMG1024S control

CCDSOFT 5.00.71 used for AO7/ST7E control

Photoshop 7.0 used for final touch up

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