Eagle Nebula

Designation: M16 / NGC 6611
Hemisphere: Northern
Constellation: Serpens
Distance: 5,700 – 7,000 light years
Object type: Emission nebula


The Eagle Nebula is a 5.5 million-year-old cloud of molecular hydrogen gas and dust 7,000 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Serpens. The nebula contains several active star-forming regions, the most famous of this being the Pillars of Creation, those majestic columns of cosmic dust and gas sitting at the heart of the Eagle Nebula.


Mount: Celestron Evolution
Main Telescope: William Optics ZS73EDii
Main camera: ZWO ASI183MC-Pro
Main camera filter: Optolong L-eNhance

Acquisition details

Total integration time: 3 hours
Acquisition software: SharpCap Pro
Processing software: APP – PixInsight
Location: Luxembourg

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