July Skies

M8, the Lagoon Nebula is an emission nebula. It is fairly bright, at magnitude 6.0. The central area of the Lagoon Nebula is also known as the Hourglass Nebula, so named for its distinctive shape. Pretty large, M8 does not need high magnification. Within the nebula is the open cluster NGC 6530.

M17, the Omega Nebula is a fairly bright nebula at magnitude 6. Sometimes called the Horseshoe Nebula or Swan Nebula is easily seen in any telescope. 

M20, the Trifid Nebula is an emission nebula, lies less than two degrees from the Lagoon Nebula. The outside of the Trifid Nebula is a bluish reflection nebula.  

  One of my favorite Globular Clusters is M22. It is one of the brightest globulars visible in the night sky with hundreds of stars bright enough to resolve with an 8" telescope. Shining at 5th magnitude, M22 is visible with the naked eye in a dark sky. It is spectacular in my 12 1/2" Dobsonian.

Other globulars worth a look are M28, M54, M69, and M70. All are located within the Teapot of Sagittarius.