M16, The Eagle Nebula in Serpens (Cauda)

 

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Description: At a distance of approximately 7,000 ly, this large nebula consists of gaseous clouds being excited by emissions from the star forming cluster of young stars in the upper center.  The narrow darker regions result from stars being formed at their nominal apex.
 
Exposure Data: 6/13/2007.  RGB: 10x10m, 6x10m, 10x10m,  unbinned.
 -15C, 0.55 arc-sec./pixel.
 
Processing: Acquired via CCDAutoPilot and CCDSoft, calibrated and combined in CCDStack, final processing in PS CS3.
 
Optical System: 14.5 Ritchey-Chretien @ F/9 w/FFC, Apogee Alta U16M/FLI CFW-7 CCD camera, AstroDon filters, Paramount ME, dithered 3 pixels, off-axis guided with SBIG ST-402ME.
 
Comments: Previous version used as the cover art for Imagine is here.