M8 (Lagoon Nebula, at the bottom of the frame) and M20 (Trifid Nebula) can be easily identified in the summer skies, even with the naked eye, near the main stars of Sagittarius.

This region of the sky is very rewarding for astrophotographers and it gets even more interesting if you go to Southern latitudes.

Date and place: May 8 2010 and August 12th 2013; Traian and Valea Frumoasei, Romania

Camera: Canon EOS 450D Baader modified and Canon EOS 60Da

Telescope: Skywatcher 80ED and Pentax 75 SDHF

Exposure: 6 x 600s + 4 x 300s

Aperture: 7.5 and 6.6

ISO: 1600