The Milky Way in Sagittarius


The region of the Milky Way which is near the center of our galaxy is full of celestial objects that can be observed well with a small telescope or a good pair of binoculars. However, we need a very dark sky. This was the case during our stay in Notre-Dame-des-Bois, in the region of the Mont-Mégantic observatory.

In this photo taken with a 105mm telephoto lens, we can clearly see the Lagoon nebula (in pink) and the Trifid nebula a little higher. The region is also dotted with dark nebulae which are clumps of dust obscuring the starlight behind them.

Technical details:

Camera: Nikon D90 and 18-105mm lens set at 105 mm
iOptron SkyGuider Pro light equatorial mount
Exposure: 10 x 3 minutes at f/5.6 and ISO 1600
Place: Notre-Dame-des-Bois, Qc
Date: April 14, 2021