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


            Michel Makhlouta
M16 - The Eagle Nebula

M16 - The Eagle Nebula

Technical card

Resolution: 4378x3311

Dates:June 4, 2019June 7, 2019

ZWO 31mm Ha 7nm: 53x180" (gain: 139.00) -10C bin 1x1
ZWO 31mm OIII 7nm: 46x180" (gain: 139.00) -10C bin 1x1
ZWO 31mm SII 7nm: 53x180" (gain: 139.00) -10C bin 1x1

Integration: 7.6 hours

Darks: ~50

Bias: ~200

Avg. Moon age: 2.77 days

Avg. Moon phase: 10.94%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 5.00 job: 3158069

RA center: 18h 18' 36"

DEC center: -13° 51' 32"

Pixel scale: 0.784 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 2.339 degrees

Field radius: 0.598

Locations: Home, Batroun, North, Lebanon

Data source: Traveller


The Eagle Nebula is a young open cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens. 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.

Evidence from the Spitzer Telescope originally suggested that the pillars in M16 may already have been destroyed by a supernova explosion. Hot gas observed by Spitzer in 2007 suggested that the area was disturbed by a supernova that exploded some 8,000 to 9,000 years ago. Due to the distance of the nebula, the light from the supernova would have reached Earth between 1,000 and 2,000 years ago. The more slowly moving shock wave from the supernova would have taken a few thousand years to move through the nebula and would have blown away the delicate pillars.

However, in 2014 the Pillars were imaged a second time by Hubble, in both visible light and infrared light. The new images being 20 years apart provided a new, detailed account of the rate of evaporation occurring within the pillars. It was later discovered that there in fact was no supernova explosion within them, and it is estimated they will be around for at least 100,000 years longer.

Source: Wikipedia

There is always a story behind every imaging night, I am just grateful that I was able to get enough data to process this. Here's my SHO version of the Eagle Nebula. Comments and feedback are much appreciated.

Clear Skies!



Michel Makhlouta
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  • M16 - The Eagle Nebula, 


            Michel Makhlouta
  • Final
    M16 - The Eagle Nebula, 


            Michel Makhlouta


reprocessing from scratch (end of year cleaning duties)

Sky plot

Sky plot


M16 - The Eagle Nebula, 


            Michel Makhlouta