Skip to Content

The Eagle Nebula – A Closer Look

M 16 HaRGB

 

August 7th, 2018

The Eagle Nebula is an ever fascinating target, and one that deserves a lot of attention. The pillars of creation at it’s heart are unique in the sky and are it’s claim to fame, starting with the 1995 Hubble image. I decided I would go back and re-image the Eagle, even though I captured it last year, with two differences. I wanted a smaller field of view, to bring out better detail at the core, and I wanted to use the more natural HaRGB palette instead of the Hubble palette. This image is the result. The Eagle is a star forming region nearly 7,000 light years distant, towards the center of our galaxy.

Captured on: June 15th, 2018

Gear:
AT6RC, 896mm @ F/5.9

AP CCDT67
ZWO ASI 1600mm-C
ZWO EFW-8
ZWO filters
Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro
Orion SSAG

Acquisition:

Hydrogen alpha: ZWO 7nm Ha filter(1.25″), 30x180s, -10C, 1×1 bin, Gain 200, Offset 50

Red: ZWO Red filter(1.25″), 20x120s, -10C, 1×1 bin, Unity Gain
Green: ZWO Green filter(1.25″), 20x120s, -10C, 1×1 bin, Unity Gain
Blue: ZWO Blue filter(1.25″), 20x120s, -10C, 1×1 bin, Unity Gain

Total Acquisition of 3hrs, 30 minutes

Software:
PS, DSS, PHD2, SGP, EQMOD

Thanks for looking!