Trifid Nebula: One of the most beautiful and most published nebula, very close to the Lagoon Nebula. It is probably the best combination of an emission and reflection nebula. The big blue part comes from the light of bright young stars being reflected from dust and molecule couds.
The name comes from the three dark lanes emerging from the center, seeming to cut the nebula in three pieces.

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Object Trifid Nebula
Category Nebulae
Designation M 020
Constellation Sagittarius
Optics TMB 130 f/6 x 0.8 Televue Reducer/Flattener
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera QHY8/ALccd 6c
Exposure 9 x 10min IDAS LPS filter, Maxim DL for Capturing
Calibration No
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and TMB 80 as Guide Scope. Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 9 April 2008
 
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