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M16, The Eagle Nebula,

in Serpens

   A recent CCD image taken under very poor seeing conditions. Nevertheless, the astonishing density of stars in this region of the Milky Way is obvious we are looking toward the center of our galaxy through the Sagittarius spiral arm. Additional details regarding the nebula and an older CCD image can be seen here.

 Date

 2004-08-11 

 Scope

 Astro-Physics 130 EDF, f4 (A-P 0.67 reducer), on A-P GTO 1200 mount; 

  SBIG ST-10XME CCD camera; internal guide chip. MaxIm 4.03 camera control.

 Exposure

 RGB tricolor; 9 x 10 min red; 9 x 10 min green; 9 x 10 min blue. 

  Flat and dark calibrated. 

 Processing 

 Levels and curves and some sharpening applied in Photoshop CS. 

  Noise reduction and sharpening with Kodak Digital GEM Pro plug-in.

 

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