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Photographer:

jgreif

Email:

greif.jon@gmail.com

Location of Photo:

Sliding Springs Observatory, NSW, Australia, remotely via itelescope.net from La Jolla, CA, USA.

Date/Time of photo:

June 13, 2016, at 2 AM local time.

Equipment:

Takahashi 90 mm wide field telescope and color imager.

Description:

The Trifid Nebula (catalogued as Messier 20), is approximately 5000 light years from earth, in the constellation Sagittarius. The object is an unusual combination of an open cluster of stars; an emission nebula (the red portion), a reflection nebula (the blue portion) and a dark nebula (the apparent 'gaps' within the emission nebula that cause the trifurcated appearance). It was photographed remotely from La Jolla CA with a 90 mm Takahashi Refractor and wide field color camera at Sliding Springs Observatory NSW Australia, using itelescope.net.

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