Swan Nebula in Sagittarius

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10.1" reflector   43 x

Easily spotted about 1.2 degrees south of M16. A very bright and concentrated emission nebula, probably second only to M42 in brightness. Swan-shape easily discernable; the dark portion between the head and body is very black. Total length from head to tail is about 13'.