During the trek up a 1-mile, 1,200-foot fire service road to reach the lookout, we encountered thunder (but not lightning), a black bear, storm clouds and more. However, later that evening the skies clear and this happened. After verifying the Milky Way was visible with my 12mm lens, I decided to switch to the 50mm lens.
This wide angle shot taken with an unmodified mirrorless camera captures a field of view that includes the Lagoon and Trifid Nebulae (M8 and M20).
A wide angle shot to capture the nebulosity that links the Lagoon Nebula with its nearby companion the Trifid Nebula.
A fresh look at old data that captured both the Lagoon and Trifid in the same field of view.
A widefield shot of a region filled with beautiful nebulae, galaxies and star clusters.
A new pass at the classic Trifid Nebula.
Trifid means 'three lobe' and refers to the illusion created by a wispy dark nebula spidering across the face of a more distant emission nebula.
This is a specially framed capture to grab two Messier objects, one of which is a cluster, reflection nebula, emission nebula, and dark nebula all at the same time.