Eagle Nebula, M16 and the Pillars of Creation
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M16, Eagle Nebula with a star cluster in the constellation Serpens Cauda, NGC 6611 is the star cluster, IC4703 is the nebula. The "pillars" near the center are the ones made famous by the Hubble Telescope image called "The Pillars of Creation".
Emission nebula with active star formation.
Distance: 7,000 light years.
Size: 70 X 55 light years across
Camera: SBIG ST-2000XM
Telescope: Astrophysics Starfire 140 EDT F7.5
Mount: Astro-Physics Mach1 GTO with Advanced Telescope Systems portable pier
Images: 9 clear,18 red,15 green, and 18 blue sub images @ 5 minutes each for a total exposure time of 5 hours.
NOTE: The red images were taken during a last quarter moon.
Date: April 26, May 3, and May 8, 2008
Software: Camera, mount, and guider control - CCD Commander & MaximDL, calibration and stacking - CCDStack, further processing in Photoshop CS2.