Sagittarius Triplet: Three outstanding nebulae are imaged in this wide-angle view: Lagoon Nebula (M8) on the lower right. Trifid Nebula M(20) on the upper right and a less known nebula IC 4685 on the lower left. All three star birth regions are a combination of emission (red) and reflection nebulae(blue). The different shades of color in the three objects as well as the dark dust spots and lanes make up for the beauty of this image from one of the star-densest parts of the Milky Way. It is a wider field of view version of an image taken nearly exactly one year before this one.

Object Sagittarius Triplet
Category Nebulae
Designation M 008, M 020
Constellation Sagittarius
Optics TMB 80 f/6 x 0.8 Tele Vue Reducer/Flattener
Mount Piggyback on Meade LX 200 GPS 10 inch and Equatorial Superwedge
Camera QHY8/ALccd 6c
Exposure 18 x 5min, IDAS LPS filter, Maxim DL for Capturing
Calibration No Dark and Flat Frame
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and LX 200 as Guide Scope. PHD as Guiding Software
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 17+18 Sep 2007
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