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M16: The Eagle Nebula

M16, commonly known as the Eagle Nebula, is an emission region of molecular hydrogen gas being illuminated by a young cluster of stars about 7000 lightyears away from us. The large pillar in the image is about 9 lightyears in length. This nebula is where the famous Pillars of Creation images come from.

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Last Updated: 07-Jun-2014

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20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.1

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

One iteration of L-R deconvolution (sharpening) algorithm using CCDsharp was applied to the luminance image.

Luminance = (RED) 40 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 10 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 10 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 10 minutes binned 2x2

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