Pillars of Creation


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Obj Type
Location
Date Taken:
SSRO
Messier 16
Nebula
Mayhill, NM
08-20-2005
Description

M16 was discovered as a nebula (NGC6611) in 1764 by Charles messier although the open star cluster (IC4703) that forms M16 was discovered several years earlier by Philippe Loys de Cheseaux.

M16 lies some 7,000 light years distant in the constellation Serpens, close to the borders of Scutum and Sagittarius, and in the next inner spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy from Earth (the Sagittarius or Sagittarius-Carina Arm).  The Pillars of Creation region of M16 is a great cloud of interstellar gas and dust that has entered into a vivid process of star formation.

Jack took the Ha for this image and we combined it with some old RGB we collected using Ron's 20 inch RCOS. 

Technical Details
Exposure Time:
HaRGB (150, 30, 18, 36 minutes) with color from Ron Wodaski's RC
Camera:
SBIG ST-10XME
Telescope:
RCOS 16 inch f/8.7 Ritchey-Chretien
Mount:
Software Bisque Paramount ME
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