Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Serpens (Ser)  ·  Contains:  Eagle nebula  ·  M 16  ·  NGC 6611
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M 16, Eagle Nebula, 


            José J. Chambó
M 16, Eagle Nebula
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M 16, Eagle Nebula

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: GSO Newton 8" f/4

Imaging cameras: Canon EOS 100D

Dates:Aug. 2, 2016

Frames: 30x240" (2h)

Integration: 2h

Avg. Moon age: 29.15 days

Avg. Moon phase: 0.16%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 1187019

RA center: 18h 18' 52"

DEC center: -13° 50' 2"

Pixel scale: 4.559 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 156.717 degrees

Field radius: 0.913 degrees

Resolution: 620x413

Locations: Hoya Redonda - Valencia (Spain), Enguera, Valencia, Spain


The Eagle Nebula (M 16) imaged in a wide field frame. Is an active region in star formation, is about 7000 light-years distance in the constellation Serpens into one of the most dense zones Milky Way. Was discovered by Swiss astronomer Jean-Philippe de Chéseaux in 1746.

Inside, a cluster of young stars shine strongly, the brightest star near center with a luminosity of an absolute magnitude up to one million times that our Sun. Below these stars, a dark silhouette stands out against the emission nebula: the "Pillars of Creation" are several columns composed of gas and dust which act as incubators for new stars and became famous after be imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995.

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M 16, Eagle Nebula, 


            José J. Chambó