Trifid Nebula – Messier 20 (Re-Imaged)

I have actually posted this nebula before in October 12 … But seeing conditions were not perfect then. This time the Trifid was almost directly overhead in the Milky Way southern sky on a dark night. Within the limits of my stacked 20 sec exposures it shows a bit more detail.
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
ISO 3200
48 x 20 sec exposures stacked in DSS

 


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