M16 : The Eagle Nebulae

Photographs by Andy Strappazzon

 

 


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Messier Number:
M16


NGC Number:
NGC 6611


Common Name:
The Eagle Nebulae


Constellation:
Serpens


Distance from Earth:
7000 light years


Visual Magnitude:
6


Size:
7'


Rate:

Description:
The Eagle Nebula (catalogued as Messier 16 or M16, and as NGC 6611) is a young open cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens, discovered by Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux in 1745-46. Its name derives from its shape which is reminiscent of an eagle. It is the subject of a famous photograph by the Hubble Space Telescope, which shows pillars of star-forming gas and dust within the nebula. (Wikipedia)

 

Date Taken:
8 May 2008

Location:
Belgium - Biesmerée

Weather:
Temp = +/-5°C

Equipment:
Skywatcher HEq5 Pro
Skywatcher Mak150
Celestron Focal Reducer f6.3
Autoguided with:
Etx70 / Webcam / GuideDog
Images aquired with: 

Canon 350D unfiltred

Exposure Specs:
Lights: 10x180 sec @ 800ISO
Darks: 10x180 sec
Flats: 15 
Offsets: 46

Total Exposure: 30min

Processed with:
Deepskystacker
Adobe Photoshop CS 2

 

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