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The Details
Object
M 17 The Swan Nebula in Sagittarius
Optics
Astro-Physics 12" Mak-Cass at f/8
Platform
Astro-Physics 1600 GTO with absolute encoders
Camera
FLI Proline 16803
Filters
Tru-Balance 5nm Hydrogen-Alpha
Date
17 May 2016
Location
Las Campanas Observatory, Chile
Exposure
Ha 17 x 1800 sec, 1x1 bin
Software
ACP, Maxim DL/CCD, CCDStack, Photoshop CS5
Orientation
Field of View: 52' x 52' centered on RA 18h20m48s
DEC -16°10'54" (2000.0) . North angle179.4°; east 90° CCW from north.
Notes
Messier 17, the Omega Nebula, also known as the Swan Nebula is between 5,000 and 6,000 light-years from Earth in the rich star field of the Sagittarius Milky Way.  With an estimated age of only 1 million years, it spans some 15 light-years in diameter.

This work is a collaborative effort between Howard Hedlund of Astro-Physics, Inc. and Dave Jurasevich, with a total exposure time of 8.5 hours.

 

 

 

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