Wednesday, April 25, 2012

M16


Lots of wind and cold weather at DAV this weekend, but I was finally able to get enough data to finish M16.

Young star cluster M16 is surrounded by clouds of cosmic dust and glowing gas also known as The Eagle Nebula.  The Eagle Nebula is part of a diffuse emission nebula, or H II region, which is catalogued as IC 4703. This region of active current star formation is about 6,500 light-years distant in the Constellation Serpens.

Optics:  Deep Sky Instruments RC10C
Mount:  Astro-Physics AP900GTO
Camera:   SBIG ST2K XM
Guiding Camera:  SBIG ST-i
Filters Astrodon  S2, Ha & O3
Location:  Deerlick Astronomy Village

Exposure Details
S2 = 240 Minutes (mapped to red)
Ha = 195 Minutes (mapped to green)
O3 = 165 Minutes (mapped to blue)
All sub-exposures were 15 Minutes.
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