2010 / Nebula

M16 The Eagle Nebula

This image of M16 the Eagle Nebula in the Constellation of Serpens was taking during one of my outings to a local dark site between Conestoga Lake and Listowel, Ontario. A group of us astrophotographers use the site for imaging away from city light pollution.

M16 Eagle Nebula

The Eagle Nebula (catalogued as Messier 16 or M16, and as NGC 6611, and also known as the Star Queen Nebula) is a young open cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens, discovered by Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux in 1745-46.

M16 Eagle Nebula reprocess
This is a reprocess of the same data I did a few years later.

Its name derives from its shape that is thought to resemble an eagle. It is the subject of the famous “Pillars of Creation” photograph by the Hubble Space Telescope that shows pillars of star-forming gas and dust within the nebula.

I was impressed with the amount of detail collected in such a short amount of acquisition time with this image.

 

Image details:

Equipment:  Celestron CPC800 SCT (EQ wedge mounted), 0.63x reducer, Canon (modified) 350XT DSLR. 1260mm FL.

Software: Nebulosity 3 for acquisition, calibration and alignment. PHD for auto guiding.

Exposure: Total of 1 hours and 20 minutes. 5min subs.

Processed in Photoshop.

 

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Shawn Nielsen

My story began nearly 40 years ago looking up at the Moon with a small collapsible telescope my Father had. Encouraged by my parents, who bought me my very own telescope, a 4.5" reflector, I began to explore the night sky from my family home backyard. Today I do astrophotography from my home in Kitchener, Ontario and also with remote telescopes located in New Mexico and Australia. Some of my images have won awards and have been featured online and in magazines.