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M16 - NGC 6611 - The Eagle Nebula and Open Cluster

Messier 16 (M16) is an Open Cluster of stars and emission nebula in the constellation Serpens, but is also located close to the constellation Scutum. It is believed to contain approximately 8,100 stars and is part of a diffuse emission nebula. The nebula is known as the Eagle Nebula and is an active star forming region. An area of this nebula was made famous by a Hubble Image known as the Pillars of Creation. M16 is located about 7,000 light years from earth. Its star region is approximately 15 light years across. The nebula region is several times larger at 70x55 light years. The open cluster was discovered by Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux in 1745-46. The nebula was discovered by Charles Messier in 1764.

Location Data
Constellation: Serpens Cauda
Right ascension: 18h 18m 48s
Declination: -13° 49′
Distance:  7,000 ly
Size:  15 ly (star region)
Size:  70 ly (nebula)

Observation Data
Apparent magnitude: 6.0
Apparent size: 7 arcmins (star region)
Apparent size: 35 arcmins (nebula)

M16 Location - Image From Stellarium

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M16 in RGBM 16 
Z-Scope, RGB image. Combined with Nebulosity.
June 2014
Photo by: Scott Jamieson

M16 in Ha M 16
Z-Scope, Ha filter. Combined in Nebulosity.
June 2014

Photo by: Scott Jamieson

M16 - Eagle NebulaM 16 - Eagle Nebula
TOA-130F, f/5.3, STF-8300M. 5nm NB Filters,
Total exp: 7.5 hrs (2hr Ha, 2hr SII, and 3.5hr OIII), June 2014.

Photo by: Dennis Roscoe