Antilhue - Chile

Messier 16
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Image Data

Designation M16,  NGC 6611,  IC 4703, Eagle Nebula,  Star Queen Nebula
Object type Emission nebula with embedded star cluster
Coordinates 18 h 19 min,  - 13 46'   (Sagittarius ) 
Description Messier 16, the Eagle nebula,  is a beautiful emission nebula featuring a star forming region with columns made famous by the Hubble Telescope images.  It was discovered by Messier in 1764 and lies about 8000 light years from earth.  M 16 is a good example of the association of emission nebulosity with a cluster of young, hot O- and B-type stars.

Click on the above image for a higher resolution rendering.  There is also a close-up in the light of hydrogen alpha here.

Exposure NRGB 90:40:40:40 min @ -20C, no filter on luminance, all exposures unbinned
Camera SBIG STL-11000, selfguided  /   Astronomik RGB filterset
Optics TEC APO200FL @ f/8 with TEC Field Flattener
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, Registar, Sigma Pre Beta 11, Adobe Photoshop CS
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 23Aug2006 - 01:00 UTC
Conditions Transparency 8/10,  Seeing 5-6/10, Temperature  14 C