M 20 Trifid Nebula

M   20 Trifid Nebula

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M20 Trifid Nebula The dense star clouds of the Milky Way were irresistibly beautiful tonight as they stood out well defined against a clear dark night. Through a wide field refractor, many hazy areas of new born stars still mixed with the hydrogen broth from which they were born were a joy to behold. M20, the Trifid nebula near the center of our galaxy in Sagittarius is one such place. Here is a quick rendition of its colorful lobes.

Coordinates       :

Sagittarius18h 03' -23deg 02'

Date Imaged       :

June 18, 2006

Lens       :

Astrophysics 5? f8 Starfire

Camera       :

Atik 16HR, Astronomik filters

Exposure       :

LRGB = 36:25:25:28 minutes

Mount       :

Losmandy Titan

Location       :

Stardust Observatory, Baguio, Philippines