Eagle Nebula

13. Eagle Nebula


Messier 16  RA: 18h 18.8'  Dec: -13 47'   Serpens (Ser)

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The Eagle Nebula (catalogued as Messier 16 or M16, and as NGC 6611, and also known as the Star Queen Nebula and The Spire) is a young open cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens, discovered by Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux in 1745–46. Both the "Eagle" and the "Star Queen" refer to visual impressions of the dark silhouette near the center of the nebula, an area made famous as the "Pillars of Creation" imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. The nebula contains several active star-forming gas and dust regions, including the aforementioned Pillars of Creation. The Eagle Nebula lies in the Sagittarius Arm of the Milky Way.
 

Image Information

Location Fingal ON
Date Sept 24 2008
Optics Celestron C8
Filters f6.3 reducer/flattener
Mount Celestron CGE
Camera Canon XT
ISO 800
Subexposures 5
Exposure Length 300
Guider SV NH2/ST-4
 

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