The Trifid Nebula

The Trifid

It's been close to 3 months since I've posted an LRGB image, but good things come to those who wait, or something like that. Last night after a very long wet spell we here in South Florida got a reprieve from the rain and had a clear and steady albeit warm night. 

Hal, Jason, Tony, Jim and I headed out to HC for a chance at some clear skies.. Our gamble paid off it was cloud free all night, very hot and buggy as you would expect after 40 days of rain, but it was worth it.

My selected target was the the Trifid nebula. A target I can't get from my house because of its low altitude in the southern sky.

Below is the result of my efforts...the Trifid Nebula in LRGB.

Image details:

Telescope: Takahashi FSQ-106 ED
CCD Camera: sBig STF-8300M
Mount:: Orion EQG Pro
Site Location: Harold Campbell
Exposures: Lum:7x600, RBG:9x300

The Trifid Nebula (catalogued as Messier 20 or M20 and as NGC 6514) is an H II region located in Sagittarius. It was discovered by Charles Messier on June 5, 1764.[3] 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 trifurcated appearance; these are also designated Barnard 85). Viewed through a small telescope, the Trifid Nebula is a bright and peculiar object, and is thus a perennial favorite of amateur astronomers.