27.7.17

trifids

5200 light years distant, the trifid was first catalogued by Charles Messier on 5th. June 1764. Since then it has been photographed and observed frequently. Very low from northern latitudes there's a narrow window to catch it here dependent upon the atmospheric turbulence looking south. This is my effort from combining exposures gathered over two nights on 25th and 26th July, almost certainly further west than when Messier first saw it. Despite the turbulence...
nebula and star forming region m20 the trifid in sagittarius
700d + pn208     24 x 180s @ ISO800