Contains: Trifid nebula, M 20, NGC 6514
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M20: Trifid Nebula

Technical card

Resolution: 3708x2500

Dates: June 25, 2017

Frames: 20x220"

Integration: 1.2 hours

Avg. Moon age: 1.61 days

Avg. Moon phase: 2.89%

Astrometry.net job: 1625940

RA center: 270.630 degrees

DEC center: -22.943 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.030 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 83.607 degrees

Field radius: 0.640 degrees

Description

Ever since I started astrophotography, M20 has been at the top of my list. Unfortunately, it doesn't rise high enough from my usual imaging location. I was traveling this past weekend and so I tried using the one-shot color on it. Conditions were terrible - clouds, haze, even some fogginess - so I only managed to get 20 frames in total. Still: despite the noisiness (and inability to use the monochrome camera or the Newt), I'm thrilled that I was finally able to shoot it. Plenty of room for improvement next year, but I finally got it.

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Chris Sullivan
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M20: Trifid Nebula, Chris Sullivan