M16 Eagle Nebula + Pillars of Creation
My attempt at shooting the Eagle Nebula (Messier 16) and the "Pillars of Creation". Two nights of acquisition for a total exposure time of 128 minutes.
The Eagle nebula is 6,500 light-years away in the constellation of Serpens. It contains a young, hot star cluster which is sculpting and illuminating the surrounding gas and dust. This gas and dust are in the process of creating new stars, while also being eroded by the light from nearby stars that have recently formed. The result is a huge, hollowed-out cavity and pillars, each several light-years long.
- Orion 8" f/3.9 Newtonian Reflector
- Celestron AVX
- Orion 80mm short tube refractor + Starshoot Autoguider
- Canon 70D, UHS-C filter, ISO 800, 70s.
- 110 Light, 50 Dark, 50 Bias, 30 Flat
- BYEOS > DSS > LightRoom5