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Messier 20 - The Trifid Nebula


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Here's another sketch made during the holiday to La Palma at the end of August.
The well-known Trifid Nebula gave an overwhelming impression from the garden of the holiday home in Las Tricias. Especially after searching for some obscure and peripheral stuff for a while, M20's nebula-party almost blew me off my observation chair!

I liked the image without a filter through the 9mm Nagler best - the exit pupil created a kind of "sweet spot" where the dark lanes became the most contrasty. It was not easy to put those lanes on paper: some were deep black and wide, others were faint and barely distinguishable from the nebula.

The "lobes" can also be seen from the Netherlands on a good transparent night, but the sight of this object under a really dark sky is downright insane. Truly one of the absolute highlights of the summer Milky Way.


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