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Uploaded 29-Aug-10
Taken 14-Aug-09
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Categories & Keywords

Subcategory:Night Sky
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:Eagle, Eagle Nebula, M16, Nebula
Photo Info

Dimensions3382 x 2400
Original file size4.92 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceUncalibrated
Date taken14-Aug-09 16:26
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeNikon
Camera modelD80
ISO speedISO 1600
Messier 16 The Eagle Nebula Widefield - 2009

Messier 16 The Eagle Nebula Widefield - 2009

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 backyar in Georgetown, Texas
Telescope: Orion ED80 @ F7.5
Mount: HEQ-5
Guiding: Orion StarShoot AutoGuider / Orion ST80
Camera: Canon 40D Modified
Exposure: 15 x 180 sec @ ISO 1600 (45 min.)
Acquisition: ImagesPlus 3.75 Camera Control
Processing: ImagesPlus 3.75 – Darks,Flats,Bias
Post-processing: Adobe Photoshop CS3;
Date(s): August 14, 2009
Temperature(s): 90-85º F