Nebula, M16, inspires us like perhaps no other object
in the sky. Perhaps it's because of the beautiful
representation of its namesake, the Eagle. But
more than that, it's a spectacular representation of
creation in real-time. The hot emission nebula
is the birthplace of many hot, new stars. And
it's this aspect of M16 that is captured in the famous
Hubble shot entitled "Pillars of Creation."
While this image is simply a grayscale version,
its beauty speaks for itself.
speaking, M16 is a relatively easy object to see
in dark skies. In fact, it will appear as a bright
patch to the naked eye amidst the surrounding summer
Milky Way. However, the pillars themselves are
a little more difficult to see. Regardless,
it is in one of the heaven's most exciting regions of
the sky, and this image merely hints as to its
a color version of this object, click <here>.
Observatory near Azle, Texas
Date: June 28, 2005
Temperature: 72 degrees
RCOS RC and Paramount ME
Camera: SBIG STL-6303e astro
Filter: Custom Scientific 4.5nm Hydrogen-alpha
Exposure Info: Grayscale
image; 60 minutes H-alpha filtered image (20 minute subexposures
Registration, and DDP in MaxIm DL 4. Levels/curves, sharpening, and
noise removal in Photoshop CS.
Exposure Notes: Taken
in the brightest part of the sky, towards the light dome.
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