The Trifid Nebula, M20

Located about 5,200 ly away in the direction of Sagittarius, the Trifid Nebula is an unusual combination of star cluster, emission, reflection and dark nebulosity in a complex Milky Way field. It is a star-forming region that has already produced the bright (multiple) star in the centre and the surrounding cluster of roughly 3100 stars. Deep infra-red images also reveal a number of protostars in the early stages of evolution. 

Camera: SBIG STL11000M, Astrodon filters Scope: Takahashi TOA-130 + 1.5X extender, f=1500mm, f11.2 (fov ~1.4x1)
Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma2 Guiding: External (E-finder)
Filters/Exposures: L:R:G:B (L bin 1x1, RGB 2x2) = 90:70:70:70min5h Location: LMDSS Lady's Pass, Victoria, Australia
Date: May 2023 Processing: CCDStack2, RegiStar and Photoshop CS5