Messier 16

122. Messier 16


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 Chéseaux 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.
 

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Location Sask Summer SP
Date Aug 2015
Optics Orion 10 f/3.9
Filters Baader MPCC
Mount Celestron CGE
Camera Canon/Hutech 500D
ISO 800
Subexposures 10
Exposure Length 300
Guider KwiqGuider
 

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