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M16 - Eagle Nebula

 

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         Object M16 - Eagle Nebula
         Comment The Eagle Nebula (M16) is a prominent and active star forming region located in the constellation Serpens Cauda. The nebula is giant interstellar cloud of hydrogen gas and dust harboring the embryonic stages of stars. The young star cluster NGC6611, can be seen center of the frame. This stellar swarm is relatively young, being around 5.5 million years old. It comprises of very hot young blue stars of the spectral type O6. The Eagle Nebula is approximately 7,000 light years distant.

This image is a Ha[HA+R]GB composite.
         Optics Takahashi TOA-150 F/7 (1050mm FL)
         Camera SBIG ST10XME (NABG) - 1x1 bin (image scale: 1.33 arcsec/pix)
         Mount Paramount GT1100s
         Exposure Total exposure time: 2.9 hours (L:70min,R:35min,G:35min,B:35min)
         Date 08/04/2008

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