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Uploaded 29-Aug-10
Taken 30-Jul-10
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Category:Scenic
Subcategory:Night Sky
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Keywords:Eagle, Eagle Nebula, M16, Nebula, Pillars of Creation
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Dimensions3382 x 2400
Original file size4.04 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceUncalibrated
Date taken30-Jul-10 15:29
Date modified29-Aug-10 15:30
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Camera makeCanon
Camera model40D
ISO speedISO 1600
Messier 16 The Eagle Nebula - 2010

Messier 16 The Eagle Nebula - 2010

About this Object:
The Eagle Nebula (catalogued as Messier 16 or M16, and as NGC 6611) is a young open cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens. Its name derives from its shape which is resemblant of an eagle. It is the subject of the famous "Pillars of Creation" photograph by the Hubble Space Telescope, which shows pillars of star-forming gas and dust within the nebula. The Eagle Nebula is part of a diffuse emission nebula, or H II region, which is catalogued as IC 4703. This region of active current star formation is about 6,500 light-years distant. The tower of gas that can be seen coming off the nebula is approximately 57 trillion miles (97 trillion km) high.

About this photo:
Location: From my driveway in Georgetown, Texas
Telescope: Celestron C9.25 @ F10
Mount: HEQ-5
Guiding: Orion StarShoot AutoGuider / Tauruss Tracker III
Camera: Canon 40D Modified
Exposure: 17 x 300 sec @ ISO 1600 (85 min.)
Acquisition: ImagesPlus 3.75 Camera Control
Processing: ImagesPlus 3.75 – Darks,Flats,Bias
Post-processing: Adobe Photoshop CS3; Gradient Exterminator; Noise Ninja; Noel Carboni's Tools; Star Spikes Pro
Date(s): July 30, 2010
Temperature(s): 90-75º F