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M16 - The Eagle Nebula

M16 - The Eagle Nebula

Date: 6/30/2011
Target: M16 - Eagle Nebula
Telescope:
Orion 8" f/4.9
Multi-Purpose Coma Corrector
JMI EV-1n Focuser
Resurfaced: Spectrum Coatings Max "R" (EAL)
Camera: Canon 40D (modified)
Filter: IDAS LPS
Exposures: RGB: 116x120s (3.9h) @ ISO1600
Framing: North is Up, 97% Crop
Location: Mocksville, NC
Seeing: 3/5
Transparency: 3/5
Start Time: 11:00PM
End Time: 4:00AM
Captured with Nebulosity, stacked using DeepSkyStacker, processed in Photoshop.

From Wikipedia:
The Eagle Nebula (catalogued as Messier 16 or M16, and as NGC 6611) is a young open cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens, discovered by Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux in 1745-46. Its name derives from its shape which is resemblant of an eagle. It is the subject of the famous "Pillars of Creation" photograph by the Hubble Space Telescope, which shows pillars of star-forming gas and dust within the nebula.