Monday, August 5, 2013

Messier Triplet: M21 (open cluster), M20 (Trifid nebula) and M8 (Lagoon nebula)

Three Messier objects all in one frame, not too shabby! I first saw these little guys in a wider view of the Milky Way, and I've been slowly chipping away at Messier solo numbers for my collection - but these 3 are so close together they all fit in the same frame even with my 300mm lens.

lagoon nebula and trifid nebula
89 subs, 35 darks, 35 bias (1/4000s), each at ISO 1600, 300mm, f/5.6, 1.3 sec

It turned out better than I thought. I figured Orion was the only nebula I'd be able to see with my older camera and slow lens, but I was pleased to see some nebulosity come out right away. I could probably spend some more time on this, but I wanted to get it posted and get on with processing some other photos that I took on my trip to Peoria, IL. 

This was the last stack from my mini-Messier-marathon the other night, when I also got M11 (and thought I got M29 but had the wrong anchor star... ooops). 

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