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Trifid Nebula (M20) by Damian Peach

Submitted by Planewave Instruments

 CDK700 (28′) @ F6.8. FLI camera. L: 60mins. RGB: 15mins.

This famous object is an unusual combination of an open cluster of stars; an emission nebula (the lower, red portion), a reflection nebula (the upper, blue portion) and a dark nebula (the apparent ‘gaps’ within the emission nebula that cause the trifurcated appearance) It is located around 5000 light years away.