Trifid and Lagoon Nebulae, Texas Fireworks

The Trifid, Lagoon, dimmer but lovely IC 4685, are a highlight of southern summer skies. Shot just before dawn in Fort Davis, where the Texas Star Party is winding down today with my 2" RedCat rig. This is a work in progress... I have a lot of material to work on from 6 nights at the TSP, but can't resist getting started. I'm working on the porch at the Drugstore in Fort Davis; I don't really trust my color balance with this much daylight.

Imaged starting 2022-04-30 08:31 UT. I stacked and processed 15 five minute expsoures taken with a William Optics RedCat 250/51mm telescope, Baader UV/IR cut filter, ZWO ASI 533 MC camera, and SkyWatcher AZ-EQ5 mount, ASI EAF and guide camera. All were controlled with a ZWO ASIAir Plus Controller. Processed in PixInsight, StarXTerminator, Topaz DeNoise, and Photoshop.

The upside down key below identifies some of the other clusters and nebulae in the image:

Content created: 2022-04-30

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