The Three Lobes | Luca Balestrieri Cosimelli

The Three Lobes | Luca Balestrieri Cosimelli
The Three Lobes | Luca Balestrieri Cosimelli

Three huge intersecting dark lanes of interstellar dust make the Trifid Nebula one of the most recognizable and striking star birth regions in the night sky. The dust, silhouetted against glowing gas and illuminated by starlight, cradles the bright stars at the heart of the Trifid.

This nebula, also known as Messier 20 and NGC 6514, lies within our own Milky Way Galaxy about 9,000 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Sagittarius.

Frames: 18x300s @-10c + Dark, Flat, Bias
Telescope: Skywatcher newton 200/800
Camera: SBIG STF8300 color
Mount: Skywatcher AZ EQ6
Software: CCDOps5, PHD2, Pixinsight, Photoshop