The Trifid Nebula
M20

The Trifid Nebula is a mix of emission and reflection nebula located in the constellation of Sagittarius. Embedded in the nebula is an open cluster of stars. To the lower left of the nebula complex is the star cluster M21.

 

Telescope: Astro-Physics 160mm EDF f7.5 @ f7.7 Designation: M20, The Trifid Nebula, M21
Mount: Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Constellation: Sagittarius
Camera: Apogee U16M with Gen II Astrodon Filters Distance: Approx 7600 Light Years
Guiding: SBIG ST402 via Mini Borg 60mm Type: Open Cluster and Nebula
Exposure: 240 min RGB Position: R.A. 18 hr 02 min , Dec -230 01'
Processed using CCDStack, PhotoShop CS3 Date: 8-9 August 2010
Acquisition: CCDAutopilot/CCDSoft/The Sky 6/M1OASYS Location: Deerlick Astronomy Village