The Small Sagittarius Star Cloud, M24

A dense collection of stars, clusters and dark nebulae which forms a part of the Sagittarius-Carina arm of the Milky Way galaxy, it spans a depth of 10,000 - 16,000 ly and about 600 ly across. It is readily visible to the naked eye under dark skies and is resolved into many hundreds of stars in binoculars or small telescopes. 

 The prominent dark nebulae in this field of view are B92, right of centre, and B93, just above. They are regions of dense light-absorbing dust and gas that blot out the light of more distant stars.

 

Camera: SBIG STL11000M, Astrodon filters Scope: Takahashi TOA-130, f=1000mm, f7.7+flattner (fov 2.4 x 1.4)
Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma2 Guiding: external, E-finder
Filters/Exposures: L:R:G:B = 100:50:50:50min = 4h10m Location: ASV's LMDSS, Lady's Pass, Australia
Dates: July 2017 Processing: CCDStack2, RegiStar and Photoshop CS5