M16 and the Eagle Nebula (IC4703)

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  • RA: 18:18.8
  • Dec: -13:47
  • Magnitude: 6.4
  • Distance: 7000 ly
  • Constellation:  Serpens
  • Scope: 8" SCT at f/10
  • Autoguider:  ST-4 in faint mode
  • Sky conditions:  good transparency and seeing
  • Film: Hutech modified Canon 300D, ISO 1600
  • Exposure:  6 x 10 minutes
  • Date:  June 12, 2007

Comments:  The open star cluster M16 has formed from the diffuse Eagle Nebula (IC4703), which is now caused to shine by emission light.  New stars are still in the process of forming near the dark "elephant trunks" that are visible.  The cluster is only about 5.5 million years old.