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M20 - The Trifid Nebula



Object The Trifid Nebula (M20), in Sagittarius
Telescope (Photo) Meade LX200GPS 12 SCT @ f/6.3
Telescope (Guiding) Meade LX200GPS 12" SCT @ f/6.3 (off-axis)
Camera (Photo) Canon 20Da DSLR
Camera (Guiding) Meade DSI II w/Autostar Envisage
Exposure Detail Median combination of 5 images at 600 seconds each, ISO800; RAW file conversion, full calibration (bias, flat, dark), and initial image processing using ImagesPlus 2.75; final image processing using Photoshop CS2
Location Cincinnati Astronomical Society's Dark-Sky Site (Adams County, Ohio) (N38.876, W83.464)
Date 05/27/06
Comments This photo won 2nd place in the "Deep Sky" category of the astro-photo competition at the 36th Annual Apollo Rendezvous in Dayton, Ohio on June 17, 2006.