Object: Constellation: Coordinates: Size: Brightness:
Messier 20
(= NGC 6514)
Sgr 18h02m / -2302' 28' 6.3mag

The H II region M 20 (NGC 6514, "Trifid nebula") in the constellation Sagittarius on July 12/13, 2013. The Trifid nebula is an unusual combination of an open cluster of stars, an emission nebula (the red portion to the right of the image), a reflection nebula (the blue portion to the left of the image) and a dark nebula (the apparent 'gaps' within the emission nebula that cause the trifid appearance (these are also designated Barnard 85). M20 is about 5000 light years from earth and was discovered by Charles Messier in 1764 (source: Wikipedia).

Nineteen 3 minute exposures at ISO 800 were added for this shot with the DeepSkyStacker software (resulting in a 1 hour and 2 minute exposure) and the final image processing was done in Photoshop.
Equipment: Canon EOS 450D Baader modified camera, TeleVue Paracorr Type II coma corrector, 16" f/4.5 "Ninja" dobsonian telescope riding on a dual-axis Tom Osypowski equatorial platform, Lacerta MGEN autoguider, Lacerta off axis system (field of view comparison: image of the moon with the same equipment).


Search chart for M 20. Map © 2013 "The Mag-7 Star Atlas Project", www.siaris.net. Map is slightly modified.