M20    The Trifid Nebula, 



    
        

            AlBroxton

M20 The Trifid Nebula

Equipment

Imaging Telescopes Or Lenses
Celestron C11 Celestron
Imaging Cameras
60Da Canon
Mounts
CGEM Celestron
Accessories
6.3 reducer Celestron
Software
photoshop · Deep Sky Stacker · Noel's Tools · 5.00 Images Plus
Guiding Telescopes Or Lenses
80mm EON Orion
Guiding Cameras
Orion Star Shooter

Acquisition details

Dates:
June 19, 2012
Frames:
25x60" (25') ISO3200
Integration:
25'
Avg. Moon age:
29.42 days
Avg. Moon phase:
0.01%
Bortle Dark-Sky Scale:
5.00

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3477081

Resolution: 906x743

Locations: Leesburg home, Leesburg , Florida, United States

Data source: Backyard

Description

The Trifid Nebula (catalogued as Messier 20 or M20 and as NGC 6514) is an H II region located in Sagittarius. Its name means 'divided into three lobes'. The object is an unusual combination of an open cluster of stars, an emission nebula (the lower, red portion), a reflection nebula (the upper, blue portion) and a dark nebula (the apparent 'gaps' within the emission nebula that cause the trifid appearance; these are also designated Barnard 85). Viewed through a small telescope, the Trifid Nebula is a bright and colorful object, and is thus a perennial favorite of amateur astronomers The dark areas are lanes of dark dust that obscure the nebula's light. This diffuse nebula is very large, and is located about 5,000 light-years from Earth. It is illuminated by a hot 7th-magnitude star located deep within. M20 is a magnificent object easily visible with a pair of binoculars. The dark rifts that divide the nebula can be seen in a small telescope. Photographs will show the nebula's bright red, pink, and blue colors. .

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