Trifid Nebula

Observed:  Points: 10

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General Info

TypeDiffuse Nebula
ConstellationSagittarius
Right ascension18h2'20.900''
Declination-23°2'38''
Magnitude9
Distance5,200ly
Size28 arc min
Catalog Designations NGC6514, M20
Discovered 1764 Charles Messier

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Trifid Nebula

LCOGT 1Meter Scope - Sinistro
10 points

The Trifid nebula was the first nebula I ever observed when I was first getting into amateur astronomy. At that time, it was faint white smudge in the middle of an unbelievable mass of stars in Sagittarius.

On the .8m at Sedgwick the FOV is narrower, but the features are more impressive. Some dust lanes can be discerned, but it's still a mostly featureless blob.

Trifid Nebula

4.5in starblast
10 points

Just visible with averted vision. Faint blue nebulosity. Dark lanes just visible with averted vision. Central star easy.

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