M20 - The Trifid Nebula

Copyright 2001 John Hodge

The nebula gets its name from the fact that the main cloud is tri-sected into three main sections.  The distance to the Trifid is approximately 5200 light years, although there is a large disparity between various sources.  


Date/Location:    July 21, 2001     Iwancio-Hodge Observatory    Bethune, SC
Instrument:    SBIG ST-7 through 12" LX-200 
Focal Ratio:   f 10
Guiding:    Auto via ST-7
Conditions:    Visually clear, but with moderate high level water vapor
Weather:    70 F, Still wind
Filters:    None