M16 Eagle Nebula

Image information:

Date: 08/15/2007
Equipment: SBIG ST2000XM with CFW8a and Astronomik type 2c LRGB filter set through WO ZS105ED telescope on Losmandy GM8 mount. WO ZS105ED working at f5.6 with WO 0.8X reducer/flattener.
Image type: LRGB
Exposure time: 13X6min Luminance binned 1X1, RG&B 6X4min each binned 2X2.

Object information:

Object designations:

Open cluster: M16, NGC6611; Nebula: IC4703, Eagle Nebula

Object type:
Open cluster associated with diffuse emission nebula
Object size:
7' cluster, 30' nebula
Constellation: Serpens
M16 is open cluster associated with the IC4703 Eagle Nebula. It is a cluster of young stars formed from gaseous and dust clouds of the nebula. The nebula now shines with emission light, excited by the radiation from the hot, young stars. Star forming process is still going on in that area, near dark "pillars" visible on the image. The area is some 7000 ly distant and its dimensions are 70 X 50 ly (cluster 15 ly).

Related images:

List of related images:

M16 the Eagle Nebula, HaRGB, QSI583 through APM 107/700 telescope