Trifid Nebula (M 20)


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About this Image

The famous bicolored nebula M20 situated in Sagittarius is famous for its three-lobed appearance. The dark dust bands that cause this effct are cataloged as Barnard 85. The red emission nebula with its young star cluster near its center is surrounded by a blue reflection nebula which is particularly conspicuous to the northern end.
The distance to this object is estimated at 2000 light years. North is to the right.

Below you see the high resolved center crop of the above image in 40/80 % size showing the multiple stars in the center, energizing this nebula and the obscuring dust.
Compare a Hubble shot of the area and some background information here.

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Technical Details


20 " Keller cassegrain in corrected secondary focus at f/9

Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M at -20C, 8-pos STL filter wheel
Filters Baader RGB, H-alpha, (7 nm)
Date May 04, 2008.
Location IAS/Hakos Namibia
Sky Conditions dark skies, raw FWHM 1.3-1.6" temperature 10 C,
Exposure R:G:B = 30:30:40 minutes (10-minute sub-exposures); synthetic luminance used;
Ha: 30 min single exposure for center crop;
all 1x1.
Programs used Maxim DL 4.5;
Photoshop CS3