Wednesday, July 13, 2016

M16 - The Eagle Nebula

The Eagle Nebula (a.k.a. the Star Queen Nebula) is part of a diffuse emission nebula approximately 7,000 LY from Earth.  The star cluster associated with the nebula contains approximately 8,100 stars.  Also of note, the central portion of the nebula is know as the "Pillars of Creation' as it's region of star formation.  Images from the Hubble Space Telescope of this region greatly enhanced the scientific understanding of the processes inside the nebula.

Images of the 'Pillars of Creation' are much better viewed from the Hubble gallery as my little ED80 has its limitations.

The represents the 29th Messier Objects with an ED80 checked off the list, just 81 more to go...


Wide Field

M16 - The Eagle Nebula
Location: Happy Frog Observatory, Monroe, CT
Date/Time: 07/12/16 00:30 am
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Backyard EOS
Telescope: Orion ED80 80mm f/7.5 Apochromatic Refractor Telescope
Barlow: None
Focal Length: 600mm
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G GoTo Telescope Mount
Filter: Astronomik CLS, 2" (48mm)
Autoguiding: QHY-5L-II-M attached to and Orion Short Tube 80mm
Exposure: 30 x 120 sec (1 hr)
ISO: 800
Temp: 32 C
Post Processing: Deep Sky Stacker, Photoshop, Lightroom

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