Derby and District Astronomical Society

Messier 16 (NGC 6611)
The Eagle Nebula

Emission Nebula in Serpens Cauda      RA 18h 18m 48s  Dec -13d 47m 00s

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This image of the Pillars of Creation in the middle of M16, the Eagle Nebula, was captured by Peter Branson over three weeks in July 2016. The image was obtained by combining and processing some 300 separate one-shot colour images of 10s, 20s and 30s duration in Nebulosity. The images were taken with a ZWO ASI224-Cool high frame rate camera through a Hutech IDAS light pollution filter attached to a Celestron C9.25 Schmitt-Cassegrain telescope. The telescope arrangement was mounted on an HEQ5 mount. Peter says - "I wanted to see what my new ZWO camera was capable of doing. The Pillars of Creation took a lot of finding and I was very pleasantly surprised when the first faint image appeared on the computer screen, but I was stunned by the final image. I didn't think such an image was possible to get from a back garden in Derby."  Image © Peter Branson.



This image of The Eagle Nebula was taken by Peter Branson on the 2nd June 2014. The picture is made up of 60 separate images totalling about 100 minutes exposure all taken at ISO1600. The images were stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and then the final image processed in GimpShop. The series of photos was taken in the early hours, Peter having waited a long time for it to get dark and the nebula itself at that time was still quite low over the southern horizon. The separate images were taken with a Canon 1100D attached to TS Photoline ED102 refractor telescope with field-flattener and Hutech IDAS light pollution filter attached. The telescope was guided using an Orion Mini autoguider controlled by PHD software.  Image © Peter Branson.



Adrian Brown took the following image of the Eagle Nebula (M16) around 4 am on the 8th April 2007. This is a single ten minute exposure through a 13nm hydrogen-alpha filter. It was taken with an ATIK ATK16HR camera through a Skywatcher 80ED Pro refractor at f7.5. This was guided using an ATIK ATK-2HS camera through a Skywatcher 80T refractor. The set up was mounted on a Celestron CGE mount. Some heavy blurring in Photoshop was needed to smooth out the noise in the image. Adrian also false coloured the image red in Photoshop for effect. He comments: "Although my 80ED refractor could just peek over the observatory walls at M16, my 80T guidescope was partially looking at the top of the observatory wall which led to rectangular guide stars. It still seemed to guide OK though!"  Image © Adrian Brown.



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