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The Details
Object
M 16 The Eagle Nebula in Serpens
Optics
Astro-Physics 160 EDF refractor at f/7.7
Platform
Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera
SBIG STL-11000M
Filters
Tru-Balance 6nm Hydrogen Alpha filter
Date
16 June 2007
Location
Mount Wilson Observatory - Mount Wilson, CA
Exposure
Ha 9 x 1200 sec, 1x1 bin
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, Registar, Photoshop CS2
Orientation
Field of View: 01°04'14" x 00°45'51" centered on RA 18h18m36.9s
DEC -13°48'58" (2000.0) . North angle 1.2 °; east 90° CCW from north.
Notes

Made popular by the beautifully detailed Hubble Space Telescope image entitled “Pillars of Creation”, Messier 16 is one of the crown jewels of the night sky. Lying approximately 7000 light years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Serpens, columns of molecular hydrogen and dust are being sculpted into the grotesque shapes seen in this image by the shaping action of ultraviolet radiation from hot and massive nearby stars. Surrounding the bright nebula M16 is a much fainter emission source known as IC 4703, shown above as the wispy glow to the left and right sides of the frame. Also known as the Eagle Nebula, M16 was discovered in 1746 by Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux and cataloged in 1764 by Charles Messier in his now famous catalog of deep sky wonders.

 

 

 

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