Messier 20 (M 20) - Trifid Nebula

Introduction | Map | Sketch | My Own Observations | References

On this page I collect my observations of the galactic emission nebula M 20, called Trifid Nebula, in the constellation Sagittarius.



The galactic emission nebula M 20 in the constellation Sagittarius is called Trifid Nebula because it consists of three parts. According to Stoyan, most observers are disappointed of this nebula when they see it for the first time, because even small light pollution can "extinct" the nebula.

Size: 15' x 10' (Stoyan)
Distance: 5,000 light years (Stoyan)
Rating: ** (Stoyan).



M 20 (nearly at the bottom) belongs to the constellation Sagittarius; the map marks further objects in Sagittarius that I tried to observe



The sketch by Michael Vlasov ( provides a rough impression of what I might have observed in Summer/Autumn 2016: Sketch of M 20 (Trifid Nebula) by Michael Vlasov (Copyright © Michael Vlasov 2016)

Note: I only have the author's permission to link to the sketch.


My Own Observations

Observations Summer to Autumn 2016

I tried to find M 20 in Erkerode (Heritage 100P) at the end of August 2016 and in Mühlhausen / Kraichgau (Heritage 100P and Heritage P130, both on GoTo mount) in early September 2016. Actually I only saw stars, and I would not want to call this a "find"...



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