HaLRGB image captured and processed by Ignacio Blanco and Francisco Serrano (N-KUADRA ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY)

The Northern Trifid Nebula, also known as NGC 1579, stands as a captivating region of stellar birth nestled in the Perseus constellation. Situated approximately 2,000 light-years away, this nebula boasts a captivating interplay of cosmic dust and gas, resulting in a mesmerizing palette of red and blue hues. Its moniker is derived from the dark dust lanes that artfully divide the nebula into three distinctive sections, giving it a uniquely trifid appearance.

NGC 1579 emerges as a consequence of the intense ultraviolet radiation emanating from young, hot stars within, ionizing the surrounding gas and causing it to radiate in a spectacular display. This region serves as the cradle for the birth of massive stars, with the interplay between stellar winds and ambient material crafting intricate filamentary structures.

Data / Setup:
– Perseus constellation
– Distance: 2100 light years
– Capturing: SkyWatcher EQ6R PRO. Esprit ED 80 PRO SkyWatcher. ZWO ASI 294MM
SkyWatcher EQ6 PRO. Esprit ED 100 PRO SkyWatcher. ZWO ASI 1600MM
– Guidding: Zwo Asi 120MM. Svbony SV165
Zwo Asi 120MM mini. SV106 60mm
– Frames:
240×120″ RGB
416×120″ L
80×300″ Ha 7nm
60×300″ Ha 3,5nm
– Total integration: 33h 32min

Autore: Ignacio Blanco & Francisco Serrano (N-KUADRA ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY) (sito)