Updated: 4.24.05

M20, more often referred to as the Trifid Nebula, is located in Sagittarius, in near proximity to it's equally famous sister nebula, the Lagoon (M8). The Trifid is name for the dark lanes trisecting the brighter emission portion of the nebula. This nebula is a striking example of both an emission (red) and reflection (blue) nebula. This image was taken at Chiefland during the Spring Partyt with the 10" Newtonian.

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10" Homemade Newtonian on a Losmandy Titan Mount

Starlight Express

34x4 mins

f/4 with MPCC

Acquired in Astroart and processed in Maxim as an RGB image (no darks and no flats)

guided with an STV on a piggybacked Sky90 refractor