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Contains:  M 16, Eagle nebula, NGC 6611
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Capturing the Creation • M16 The Eagle Nebula, 


            Douglas J Struble
Capturing the Creation • M16 The Eagle Nebula

Capturing the Creation • M16 The Eagle Nebula

Technical card

Resolution: 3488x2793

Dates:June 7, 2018June 14, 2018June 17, 2018

Astrodon Ha 5nm: 37x240" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon OIII 3nm: 46x240" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon SII 3nm: 31x240" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 7.6 hours

Darks: ~50

Flats: ~50

Bias: ~250

Avg. Moon age: 9.28 days

Avg. Moon phase: 20.74%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 6.33 job: 2105560

RA center: 274.747 degrees

DEC center: -13.827 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.648 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 20.809 degrees

Field radius: 0.402 degrees

Locations: Backyard Red Zone Observatory, Taylor, MI, Michigan, United States

Data source: Backyard


Was able to work on this for the first time now that the trees to my south were trimmed down. The first image is at 100%. The second and final image is my full frame version.

Also known as M16, the Eagle Nebula is a 5.5 million-year-old cloud of molecular hydrogen gas and dust stretching approximately 70 light years by 55 light years. Inside the nebula, gravity pulls clouds of gas together to collapse inward. If enough gas is present, nuclear fusion is ignited in the center, and the compact cloud becomes a shining star. The Eagle Nebula is thought to have several star-forming regions within it.

The Eagle Nebula lies 6,500 light-years away in the inner spiral arm of the Milky Way next to our own, the Sagittarius or Sagittarius-Carina Arm. When viewing the sky, the stellar nursery is found within the constellation of Serpens, the Serpent.

One of the best-known pictures of the Eagle Nebula is the Hubble Space Telescope image taken in 1995, highlighting the "Pillars of Creation." The three columns contain the materials for building new stars, and stretch four light-years out into space. Newborn stars outside of the famous Hubble image are responsible for sculpting the pillars, using ultraviolet light to burn away some of the gas within the clouds.



Douglas J Struble
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Capturing the Creation • M16 The Eagle Nebula, 


            Douglas J Struble