M20 Through a Hole in the Clouds

M20 Through a Hole in the Clouds

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When the season is predominantly cloudy, an astronomer will jump at even a quick patch of starry sky which is like a welcomed and much needed breathe of fresh air. Last night was such the case for this deprived astroimager. All the weather allowed was a quick 15 minutes of dark clear sky for me to capture as much light from M20 the Trifid Nebula as possible, before closing in and bringing rain again. The nebula is in Sagittarius inhabiting the dense central part of our own Milky Way galaxy. It is a star forming stellar nursery similar to M42 in Orion. Here is my catch for the night.

Date Imaged       :

July 10, 2013

Lens       :

N16 f/5.2 Paracorr

Camera       :

Nikon D7000 at ISO6400

Exposure       :

15 x 1 minute

Mount       :

Losmandy Titan

Location       :

Stardust Observatory, Baguio