The Trifid Nebula ... Messier 20
(Click on Picture for larger view)


Added June 25, 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. 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 1 am in late June.. Click on the picture for a larger view.


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: City Light Pollution Suppression
Capture software: #SharpCap Pro V 3.2
Guiding: PHD 2 (RMS error: 0.40 ... i.e. very good tracking)
Mount: CGX
Mount controls: Celestron PWI V2.1.25
Polar Alignment: QHY Pole Master
Light Frames used: 58 at 60 seconds / Gain: 25,000
Binning: 2x2
Dark Frames: 30
Bias Frames: 30
Flat Frames: None
Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker
Post Processed in PixInsight and Photoshop CC
Seeing Conditions: 7 (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: 83F
Date: June 24/25, 2019 from 11:50 pm - 1:10 am
Location: Backyard, Savannah GA



Past Images Taken in the Heavenly Backyard


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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