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 M16 - The Eagle Nebula 


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About:
A star cluster around 2 million years young, M16 is surrounded by natal clouds of dust and glowing gas also known as The Eagle Nebula. This image of the region includes cosmic sculptures made famous in Hubble Space Telescope close-ups of the starforming complex. Described as elephant trunks or Pillars of Creation, dense, dusty columns rising near the center are light-years in length but are gravitationally contracting to form stars. Energetic radiation from the cluster stars erodes material near the tips, eventually exposing the embedded new stars. Extending from the left edge of the frame is another dusty starforming column known as the Fairy of Eagle Nebula. M16 and the Eagle Nebula lie about 7,000 light-years away, an easy target for binoculars or small telescopes in a nebula rich part of the sky toward the split constellation Serpens Cauda (the tail of the snake). [Text adapted from APOD]

Optics: Ceravolo 12" F9 2700mm - Astrograph
Mount: AP 1100 AE
Camera: FLI-PL16803
Filters: Astrodon LRGB E Series Gen II
Guiding Systems: External Guidescope with Lodestar II
Dates/Times: June/July/August 2015
Location: Sierra Remote Observatories - CA - USA
Exposure Details: R:G:B => 160:220:160 = > (16x10):(22x10):(16x10) All Bin1 [num x minutes]
Cooling Details: -30C
Acquisition: Maxim DL/CCD, ACP
Processing: CCDStack2+, PS CS5
Mean FWHM: 1.26" / 1.98"
SQM-L: 21.64 / 21.84
Note Imaged from Sierra Remote Observatories with a shared setup
Credits Data Acquisition John Kasianowicz, Daniele Malleo, Rob Pfile, Rick Stevenson, Jerome Yesavage, Leonardo Orazi
Credits Image processing Leonardo Orazi