Contains: M 16, Eagle nebula, NGC 6611
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M16 - The Eagle Nebula

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens: Planewave CDK 12,5'' 12.5 CDK

Imaging camera: QSI 583wsg

Mount: apt1200gto AP1200

Software: CCD Autopilot 5

Resolution: 1500x1112

Dates: Aug. 30, 2010

Frames: 15x600"

Integration: 2.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 20.01 days

Avg. Moon phase: 71.97%

Astrometry.net job: 1511798

RA center: 274.699 degrees

DEC center: -13.845 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.932 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -179.524 degrees

Field radius: 0.242 degrees

Locations: ImagingInfinity Observatory, Bethune, SC, United States

Description

This is M16, otherwise known as the Eagle Nebula, in the constellation of Serpens, made famous by the Hubble Telescope image of the central structure known as the "Pillars of Creation". The entire complex, some 70 light years across, is a star forming region and the brighter of the 8100 stars in the open cluster in its interior are visible here. The horizontal structure at the left is "The Spire", itself 9.5 light-years long.

M16 lies at a distance of 7000 light-years.

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M16 - The Eagle Nebula, Hap Griffin