The Trifid Nebula is named for its three-lobed appearance, and is one of the most famous objects in the sky. This object is a combination of an open cluster of stars, an emission nebula, a reflection nebula, and a dark nebula.
Estimated to lie 5,200 light years away.
Imaged 27 August 2013
Celestron CPC 9.25
Canon 7D – prime focussed
48 x 20 sec exposures stacked in DSS