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Uploaded 22-Jun-20
Taken 16-Jun-20
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Subcategory:Night Sky
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:Hill, M16, Messier, Nebula, Observatory, Spring
Photo Info

Dimensions3936 x 3000
Original file size5.22 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken16-Jun-20 15:36
Date modified19-Jun-20 15:45
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeZWO
Camera model294MC
M16 The Eagle Nebula 2020

M16 The Eagle Nebula 2020

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: Spring Hill Observatory Stow Massachusetts
Telescope: Astrotech RC8 @ F8
Mount: CGEM
Guiding: Orion StarShoot AutoGuider / OAG
Camera: ZWO 294MC Pro
Exposure: 20 x 300 sec (100 min.)
Acquisition: SharpCap v3.2 Darks, Flats
Processing: PixInsight v. 1.8
Post-processing: Adobe Photoshop
Date(s): June 16, 2020