M16 - The "Pillars of Creation" in the Eagle Nebula


Copyright 2010 Hap Griffin

This is the central region of M16, the Eagle Nebula.  Prominent in the center are the "Pillars of Creation", made famous in the Hubble Telescope image of the same name.  The horizontal structure at the left is "The Spire", itself 9.5 light-years long.

M16 lies at a distance of 7000 light-years. 


Date/Location:    April 29, 2010     Griffin/Hunter Observatory    Bethune, SC
Camera: QSI 583wsg
Filters: Astrodon E Series Generation 2 HA
CCD Temperature: -20 C
Instrument:    Planewave CDK 12.5"  
Focal Ratio:   f/8
Mount: AP-1200
Guiding:    Auto via the QSI camera's built in Off-Axis Guider mirror and an SBIG ST-402 Guider
Conditions:    Clear and cool
Weather:    55 F, still
Exposure: 120 minutes total (12 x 10 minutes Hydrogen Alpha)
Capture: CCDAutopilot 4 w/ Maxim DL Camera Control, focused automatically w/ FocusMax   
Processing:    Frame calibrations, alignment and stacking with ImagesPlus v3.80.  Finishing in Photoshop CS4.