Location of Photo:
Mayhill, New Mexico
Date/Time of photo:
Nights of 23 Nov, 30 Nov, 5 Dec 2016
SBIG 8300c CCD camera and a RCOS 12.5 inch f9 astrograph on a Paramount ME
The Northern Trifid (aka NGC 1579) is found in the constellation Pegasus. Unlike its southern neighbor Messier 20 from which it got its name, the reddish hues are not a HII region but rather dust lighted by the reflection of a star with an unusual amount of H-alpha emission as well as interstellar extinction (S. J. O'Meara, The Secret Deep, 2011, pp 79-81). Our current understanding suggests the Northern Trifid is a vast dusty star-forming region. Total combined exposure of 8 hr 20 min.