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M20 - NGC 6514 - The Trifid Nebula

 
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Messier 20 (M20) is an Open Cluster as well as a combination of Emission, Reflection and Dark Nebula located in the Sagittarius region of the Milky Way. It also belongs to the constellation Sagittarius. M20 gets the name Trifid Nebula from the fact that the dark nebula divides its appearance into 3 separate lobes. In most images, the emission nebula area shows up red while the reflection nebula appears blue. Distance estimates around 5,000 light years are typical, however these estimates vary greatly from 2,200 to 9,000 light years. M20 is about 25 light years in diameter and was discovered by Charles Messier in 1764.

Location Data
Constellation: Sagittarius
Right ascension: 18h 2.3m
Declination: Declination: -23° 2′
Distance:  5,000 ly
Size:  25 ly

Observation Data
Apparent magnitude: 6.3
Apparent size: 28.0' arcmins

M20 Location - Image From Stellarium

The images With Blue Borders were taken using equipment provided by the MAS Observatory
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M20, Trifid Nebula - Paul BorchardtM20 - Trifid Nebula
F-Scope, HyperStar at f/1.9, Camera: Canon T5 DLSR at ISO 1600. 20 exposures @ 3 minutes. 1 hr total exposure. Processing: Pixinsight and Photoshop..
Dec. 2017
Photo: Paul Borchardt

M20 - Trifid Nebula by Chad AndristM20 - Trifid Nebula
Camera: ASI1600MMC, Scope: TPO 8RC f/8 1625mm FL. 1.2 hours in LRGB, L: 57x45s, R: 20x60s, G: 20x60s, B: 20x60s. Processing in Pixinsight.
August 2017
Photo: Chad Andrist

M20 by Paul BorchardtM20
F-Scope, HyperStar at f/1.9 Canon T5 DSLR. 50 min. exposure, 25X120 sec.
June 2016
Photo by: Paul Borchardt

M20 / M21 - F ScopeM20 - Trifid Nebula with M21
F-Scope, Hyperstar at f/1.9
Canon 60D DSLR, 10 30sec exp.
Aug 2015
Photo by: Tamas Kriska

M20M20

Aug. 21, 2004
Photo by: Steve Diesso

M20M20
B-Scope, 20 @ 30 sec. red & green, 28 @ 30 sec. Blue
2001-06-16
Photo by: Paul Borchardt