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The Eagle Nebula 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.

Object Information

Name M16
Type Open Cluster with Nebula
Constellation Serpens Cauda
Catalogue M16 / NGC 6611

Acquisition / Processing

Exposure Ha(6nm) - 10 x 1200 sec Bin 1
Total - 3.3 Hrs
Telescope AP 160 @ f7.7
Camera SBIG STL-11
Camera Temp -12ÂșC
Guiding SBIG SG4 / Tak 90
Mount AP 900GTO
Filters Astrodon-6nm Ha
Processing CCDStack / PS CS3
Location San Pedro Creek, NM
Date July 1, 2011

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