The Trifid Nebula (Messier 20) is located in Sagittarius currently in the SE sky at night. It was discovered by Charles Messier on June 5, 1764. Its name means 'divided into three lobes'. The object is an unusual combination of an open cluster of stars; an emission nebula (reddish portion), a reflection nebula (bluish portion) and a dark nebula (gaps within the emission nebula). It is a mere 5,200 light years from earth and about 21 light years across The age estimate for M20 is about 300,000 years old. Taken with a D5300 on an 8" Meade LX200GPS scope. About 2 hours worth of 120 second exposures plus some supporting frames.