Trifid Nebula (M20)
Date Taken: 8/11/2013
Equipment: 12.5" Planewave Telescope with ST 10XME camera
Processing: Normal Pallet in MaximDL and Photoshop
The Trifid Nebula ( also catalogued as NGC 6514) is an H II region located in Sagittarius. Its name means 'divided into three lobes'. The object is an unusual combination of an open cluster of stars; an emission nebula (the lower, red portion), a reflection nebula (the upper, blue portion) and a dark nebula (the apparent 'gaps' within the emission nebula that cause the trifid appearance; these are also designated Barnard 85).
It is approximately 5,000 light years away from Earth. It is in a magnitude of 6.3