Sagittarius is one of the southern zodiac constellations. Slightly more than half of it comes above the horizon in Sweden. In greek mythology the Sagittarius is a centaur or a satyr. Because of it's location e.g. hosting the winter solstice, the best viewing conditions in sweden is late evenings in August, but it is still in nautical twilight. Despite of the difficult viewing conditions there are a few objects that can be seen in this image, M22, a globular cluster, M25, M21, M18, and M23 open clusters, and parts of the nebula M8, and M17. This constellation also holds the Milky Way center. The dwarf planet Pluto is also in sagittarius but way to faint to be seen in this image.
Back to Westerlund telescope main page.