The Trifid Nebula ... Messier 20
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Added July 28, 2019 ...
The Trifid Nebula (Also Known As Messier 20 and NGC 6514) is one of the most beautiful deep space objects in the summer sky. I took this 2h 12m image Sunday night, July 28, 2019. Trifid is Latin for "split into three parts" or "threefold" and you can clearly see the three parts in the red area. It is a gaseous bright colorful emission and reflection nebula with the emission nebula appearing red, the reflection nebula blue and numerous dark lanes mixed in between. It is about 5,200 light-years away and in the sky, it is in the constellation of Sagittarius. It is medium high in the south at midnight in July. Click on the picture for a larger view.
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The Milky Way in Sagittarius:

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I took this 15 minute wide view of the Milky Way with my Canon T7i piggy-backed atop the telescope. Here you can see the 'Milkiness' of the core of our galaxy. Within this region lies several 'Messier Objects' including M 17, also known as the Omega Nebula. Jupiter was off to the right and as you can see, it moved a bit toward the east (left).


The Techy Stuff ... For those who want to know ...
Telescope: 11" Celestron Edge HD at f/7
Reducer: Celestron 0.7X Focal Reducer
Camera: Altair Hypercam 294c Pro TEC
Sensor Temperature: -5C (23F)
Filter: Baader UHC-S Light Pollution
Capture software: #SharpCap Pro V 3.2
Guiding: PHD 2 (RMS error: 0.29 ... i.e. very good tracking)
Mount: CGX
Mount controls: Celestron PWI V2.1.25
Polar Alignment: QHY Pole Master
Light Frames used: 44 at 180 seconds / Gain: 7,000
Binning: 1x1
Dark Frames: 40
Bias Frames: 40
Flat Frames: 40
Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker
Post Processed in PixInsight and Photoshop CC
Seeing Conditions: 9 (0-10, where 0 is total cloud cover)
Moon: No Lunar Interference
Bortle Light-Pollution zone: 6.5 (can barely see the Milkyway)
Air Temperature: 72F
Date: July28/29, 2019 from 11:50 pm - 1:10 am
Location: Backyard, Savannah GA



Past Images Taken in the Heavenly Backyard


Date: June 24, 2019
Telescope: Celestron Edge HD 11" w/0.7xReducer
Camera: Altair Hypercam 294c Pro tec

Date: August 5, 2018
Telescope: Maksutov-Newtonian
Camera: Canon T2i

Date: August 10, 2018
Telescope: Maksutov-Newtonian
Camera: 2018 Canon T2i ... 40 minutes

Date: June 5, 2018
Telesope: CST 11" at f/10
Camera:Canon T2i ... 28 minutes


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