M16
Eagle Nebula in Serpens

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10.1" reflector   43 x

A bright open star cluster surrounded by nebula. Little detail is visible in the nebula although it is quite bright. Roughly rectangular in shape, with a portion of it coming to a point on the north-east (bottom-right) edge.







10.1'' f/4.5   Mallincam DS432cTEC with 0.5 focal reducer
Exposures = 7-10-15-19 sec, Gain = 12/250, Live Stacked frames = 30-20-10-10 (70 total)
 

Image of M16 and its environs shows how much nebulosity is in this region of the Milky Way. The eagle-shaped outline is clearly visible south-east of the star cluster. Many of the stars below the brightest portion of the nebula have a cyan-tinge, presumably due to the dark cloud in the region. M16 is about 70 light years across and 5700 light years distant.

North at 12 o'clock, East at 9 o'clock







10.1'' f/4.5   Mallincam DS432cTEC with 0.5 focal reducer
Exposures = 7-10-15-19 sec, Gain = 12/250, Live Stacked frames = 30-20-10-10 (70 total)
 

Zoomed-in view of previous image. The "Pillars of Creation" region made famous by the 1995 photo from the Hubble Space Telescope is clearly visible as the talons and head of the eagle plus a third larger pillar above the eagle's head. This is a star-forming region many light years across. Many dark cloud structures can be seen cutting through brighter red portions across the nebula.

North at 12 o'clock, East at 9 o'clock