IC4685 Near M8

Sagittarius diamonds in the

northern sky

This is a beautiful example of an area with combination emission/reflection nebulae and is a neighbour to the famous Lagoon Nebula (M8) and most probably an extension of it.  The prominent red patch left of center is IC 4685. Above it are left to right: NGC 6559, IC 1275, IC 1274 and IC 4684