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The Trifid Nebula

Trifid Nebula, M 20

The Trifid nebula is a very interesting combination of three types of nebulae. Discovered by Charles Messier in 1764, M 20 is a dark nebula (the dark filaments in front of the nebula), an emission nebula (the red gas in the lower lobe), and a reflection nebula (the blue portion, shining from the light of the surrounding stars). The open cluster above the nebula is M 21, and the red cluster on the lower border is Bochum 14, a magnitude 9.3 open cluster. The large collection of stars to the lower left is a hole showing to the center of the milky way.

I tried to mosaic the lagoon and trifid, but my focal length was just too long and unwieldy for such a task. But, now I get double the processing fun!

Captured on: July 14th, 2015

Mount: iOptron ZEQ 25gt
Telescope: Orion ED 80
Guiding: Orion SSAG
Camera: Unmoddified T3i
Integration time: 3 hrs., 600sec. exposures
Programs: DSS, PS, Carboni’s tools, HLVG, PHD

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