Filtered M16

A summertime favorite M16, also known as the Eagle Nebula, is an emission nebula buried in the summer Milky Way. According to Wikipedia - The Eagle Nebula (cataloged as Messier 16 or M16, and as NGC 6611, and also known as the Star Queen Nebula and The Spire) is a young open cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens, discovered by Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux in 1745–46. Both the "Eagle" and the "Star Queen" refer to visual impressions of the dark silhouette near the center of the nebula, an area made famous as the "Pillars of Creation" imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. The nebula contains several active star-forming gas and dust regions, including the aforementioned Pillars of Creation. The Eagle Nebula lies in the Sagittarius Arm of the Milky Way.

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Object M16 (Eagle Nebula) RA 18:18.8 Dec -13:47
Date 11 September, 2021
Exposure 2 hours (24 X 5 minutes)
Conditions Dark skies with an SQM reading of 21.4 magnitudes / arcsecond^2. Both the seeing and transparency were poor.
Gain 100
Camera Zwo ASI2600MC-Pro
Optics Prime focus of a  SkyWatcher Esprit 120 f/7 APO refractor with a focal length of 840 mm
Filter Optolong L-eNhance
Location St. Croix Observatory, St. Croix, Nova Scotia
Processing This image was captured using Sequence Generator Pro. Split star processed similar to this.