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Contains:  M 16, Eagle nebula, NGC 6611
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M16 with "Pillars of Creation" - first light!, 


            Michael S.
M16 with "Pillars of Creation" - first light!

M16 with "Pillars of Creation" - first light!

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:Skywatcher Esprit 150ED Super APO Triplet

Imaging camera:NIKON D610a

Mount:Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 GT Synscan

Guiding telescope or lens:Skywatcher finderscope 9x50

Guiding camera:Lacerta M-Gen II Camera

Software:PixInsight 1.8

Resolution: 2500x1649

Dates:June 7, 2019

Frames: 20x600"

Integration: 3.3 hours

Flats: ~25

Bias: ~100

Avg. Moon age: 4.41 days

Avg. Moon phase: 20.41%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00

Mean SQM: 20.98

Mean FWHM: 4.20

Temperature: 18.00 job: 2735370

RA center: 274.677 degrees

DEC center: -13.789 degrees

Pixel scale: 2.594 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 1.206 degrees

Field radius: 1.079 degrees

Locations: My lovely garden, J-City, Burgenland, Austria

Data source: Traveller


Finally...exactly 6 weeks after purchasing the scope it had its first light. Build up right in front of my house. Here you can see the total setup used for acquiring that image:




Michael S.
License: None (All rights reserved)


  • M16 with "Pillars of Creation" - first light!, 


            Michael S.
  • Final
    M16 with "Pillars of Creation" - first light!, 


            Michael S.


New processing from the starting point...maybe you enjoy it even more. ;-)

Sky plot

Sky plot


M16 with "Pillars of Creation" - first light!, 


            Michael S.